Springdale honours Ann Weldon for 30 years of service

Ann Weldon (right) gives director of care Kathy Shewell a hug during a ceremony at Springdale Country Manor Aug. 31. The ceremony was hosted at the home to present service awards and announce the recipients of Springdale’s 2017 Everyday Hero and Inspired Leadership awards. Ann is retiring after serving the home for nearly 30 years.

Nutritional care manager presented with award as she prepares to retire

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Ann Weldon has been serving Springdale Country Manor residents for nearly 30 years, and staff and management at the Peterborough County long-term care home wanted to thank her for her hard work and for the fun she brought with her to work every day.

Springdale Country Manor hosted a ceremony Aug. 31 to honour Ann, the home’s nutritional care manager, and other longtime staff members for their years of service. The home also presented this year’s Everyday Hero and Inspired Leadership awards during the ceremony.

“Ann has been an important, fun-loving part of our team, and her presence will be missed, not only by her peers, but by the residents,” nursing administrative service manager Wendy Logan told residents and staff attending the ceremony.

“Ann loved to have fun at work and in her community as well. … It takes courage to make the move to leave a job; it can be scary, but it can be exciting at the same time, and we hope your future is full of adventure and that with the closing of this door another door will open.”

Wendy says Ann’s sense of humour and love of fun made her an outstanding team member. She adds that Ann’s fun-loving nature was most apparent at Halloween, when she would wear creative costumes.

“My favourite was the big yellow duck,” Wendy chuckled.

In a short speech she gave after accepting her service award, Ann, who began working at Springdale Country Manor in December 1987, told her colleagues she was going to miss them, but added she will not become a stranger.

“It’s really sad to say goodbye – I’m really going to miss everyone,” she said.

“Thank you for all the fun, thank you for all the growth, and don’t worry, I will be back for tea and visits and to say hi.”

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