VIDEO: Longtime staff members reflect on careers at Springdale

Health-care aide Lynn Powell and personal support worker Sarah Roote have 66 years of combined experience serving Springdale Country Manor residents. The two were among the team members honoured at an Aug. 31 ceremony hosted at the Peterborough County long-term care home to honour exceptional staff.

Lynn has worked at Springdale for 35 years; Sarah, for 31 years. Lynn and Sarah note how they have seen their careers and families grow together.

“We’ve all grown up together here,” Lynn says.

Sarah says what’s been most memorable for her about working at Springdale for more than three decades is the connections formed between staff members outside of work.

“We had a wedding for two residents together, and that was a big deal with us all, planning that,” she says. “So, personal things like that (are most memorable).”

Lynn and Sarah say what has kept them working at Springdale Country Manor for so many years is the fact that it is smaller than most long-term care homes, which provides a more family-like atmosphere.

“You get to know everybody on a more personal level – the residents, the staff and their families,” she says.

Lynn and Sarah were presented with service pins during the ceremony, which was also attended by about 20 residents.

During the ceremony, nursing administrative service manager Wendy Logan noted that the staff members receiving service awards – ranging from five to 35 years – brought a total of 140 years of experience to the home.

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