Springdale Everyday Hero described as an advocate for residents who takes on all challenges

Springdale Country Manor RPN Sam Coleman (centre) has been named the home’s 2017 Everyday Hero. Sam is seen here receiving her award from director of care Kathy Shewell (left) and nursing administrative service manager Wendy Logan (right).

RPN Sam Coleman has been a positive force at the home for 10 years, co-workers say

SPRINGVILE, Ont. – Since she began working at Springdale Country Manor in 2007, registered practical nurse (RPN) Sam Coleman has been a positive force who works well with residents and helps team members, her co-workers say.

It’s for these reasons and others that Sam was nominated by her colleagues for the Peterborough County long-term care home.

“(Sam) has been known to be an advocate for the residents and she is willing to take on any challenge,” director of care Kathy Shewell said, during an Aug. 31 awards ceremony at Springdale.

“The staff members have described her as being a very positive, great with all residents, and helps staff in all departments.”

After receiving her award, Sam spoke with The OMNIway and shared her thoughts on receiving Springdale Country Manor’s 2017 Everyday Hero Award.

“I was honoured, but shocked,” she said, adding that when her co-workers suggested she might be this year’s Everyday Hero she downplayed their suspicions.

But Sam said she’s grateful that her colleagues nominated her for the award.

“I do work with great people, and I am happy that they recognized me for (the award),” she said.

The Everyday Hero Award is given out annually by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes to recognize staff members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to residents and co-workers.

OMNI announced this year’s recipients of the Everyday Hero, Inspired Leader and Elisabeth Hinton Memorial awards at the Quality Forum in Calabogie, Ont. in May. Managers from OMNI’s long-term care homes were presented with the names of the award winners. Homes are presenting the awards during their own ceremonies.

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