Streamway Inspired Leader Mary Willis is an example to others, colleagues say

‘Mary inspires me to always keep pushing if I’m having a rough day and to always help my teammates,’ says co-worker

If you ask Streamway Villa staff and management what Mary Willis is like to work with, they’ll tell you she leads by example, provides selfless care to residents and is respectful, professional and committed to everyone living and working at the Cobourg long-term care home.

Streamway Villa PSW Mary Willis (centre) is seen here with administrator Kylie Szczebonski (left) and OMNI Health Care chief operating officer Shawn Riel (right) during a recent award ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home. Mary received Streamway Villa’s 2017 Inspired Leader Award.

It’s for these attributes that Mary, a personal support worker (PSW), has been presented with Streamway Villa’s 2017 Inspired Leader Award.

PSW Avery Carroll and administrator and director of care Kylie Szczebonski also say they nominated Mary for the award because she continuously goes above and beyond her job description to help others. She is always helping her co-workers to make sure they don’t fall behind in their work, Kylie and Avery say.

Mary, they note, is Streamway Villa’s CUPE president. In this position, Mary “has been effective, positive and always professional” in creating a strong union-management relationship.

And Mary is always sporting a “contagious” smile, her teammates add.

“Mary inspires me to always keep pushing if I’m having a rough day and to always help my teammates,” says Avery, who has been a Streamway Villa PSW for less than a year.

“When working with Mary, it’s easy to tell she loves all the residents and always puts their needs first. She is a true leader, and I hope to be able to build leadership skills like hers one day.”

Kylie says Avery’s comments do not come as a surprise.

“From a senior leadership perspective, Mary deserves to be recognized as our 2017 Inspired Leader for her many years of strong leadership, not only as a PSW, but also as this home’s CUPE president,” she says.

OMNI Health Care’s Inspired Leader Award is presented to staff members from each of the organization’s 18 long-term care homes. The accolade recognizes people who demonstrate OMNI’s mission, vision and values. Inspired Leaders also possess outstanding leadership skills and are committed to their work.

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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