Alex Achillini and his co-workers praised for Valentine’s luncheon organized for Country Terrace couples

Country Terrace nutritional care manager Alex Achillini is seen here rolling out dough to make fresh, from-scratch dinner rolls.

‘The world needs more people like Alex,’ says family member Kelly Rath in an e-mail to The OMNIway

Kelly Rath was inspired to contact The OMNIway recently after reading a story about the Valentine’s Day luncheon nutritional care manager Alex Achillini and his co-workers organized for couples at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home, where Kelly’s father is a resident.

Kelly’s mother and father were one of the couples who enjoyed the luncheon that day, and Kelly wants Alex and everyone involved in organizing the event to know that the effort they put into making the day special was noticed and appreciated.

Kelly has given The OMNIway permission to share her comments in a story.

“First off, I want to thank Alex for being who he is,” Kelly writes. “I see him engage with the residents and employees as a family. He has shown my dad and my mom such kindness since my dad has been there.”

Although Kelly was not at the Valentine’s Day luncheon, she says her mother sent her photos of the food that was served and of the decorations the Country Terrace life enrichment team members created for the event.

Included in this year’s meal were heart-shaped sandwiches, macaroni-and-cheese balls and small tomatoes decorated like roses.

The added touches Alex and his colleagues in the nutritional care and life enrichment department put into organizing the luncheon made a difference, Kelly says.

“It meant the world to (my mother) and to me,” Kelly writes. “The thought of even doing this meant so much. I know this got my parents out of the routine of the typical day and (gave them) something to look forward to as a couple.”

As for Alex, Kelly does not hold back expressing her appreciation for the work he does.

“The world needs more people like Alex,” she writes.

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