Animal balloon-making talents helped LEA land a position at Frost Manor

After LEC Lyndsay Burton saw this skill on Sarah Thayer’s CV, she wanted to learn more

Back in the spring, Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Lyndsay Burton was going through resumés, looking to hire a new part-time life enrichment aide (LEA), when she came across a CV with an interesting skill listed: animal balloon maker.

The resumé belonged to Sarah Thayer, and Lyndsay immediately wanted to learn more about her.

“Her first job was making balloon animals for events and parties and things like that, and I really had to pick her brain about that,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway.

Lyndsay contacted Sarah and asked her to come to the Lindsay long-term care home for an interview.

It turned out Sarah is a self-taught animal balloon maker, learning the tricks of the trade by watching online videos.

Lyndsay knew Sarah would fit into the Frost Manor team and hired her in May.

Sarah’s balloon-making skills have been put to good use at Frost Manor. The home hosted a carnival-themed month throughout August and Sarah got to show her talent. Her animal balloons were a hit with residents and staff alike.

Balloon making is one of many avenues where Sarah has shown her creative flair, Lyndsay says, adding Sarah has also wowed the folks at Frost Manor by making flowers out of napkins.

“She has come to the team with so many ideas … (and) having Sarah here has created a really well-rounded team for us,” she says.

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