Appreciating Jeff Bedley’s dependability, loyalty – and contagious smile

Jeff Bedley enjoying a recent Family Fun Day at Garden Terrace.

Jeff Bedley enjoying a recent Family Fun Day at Garden Terrace.

Garden Terrace’s resident services co-ordinator chosen as Inspired Leader

Jeff Bedley says he likes to smile and have fun at work – and then watch that energy spread. “If the staff see (you smiling and having fun), then they will do it as well and then it spreads through the home,” the Garden Terrace resident services co-ordinator tells The OMNIway.

Jeff Bedley with his Inspired Leader award.

Jeff Bedley with his Inspired Leader award.

Bedley shares this in answer to a question about what being an inspired leader means to him.

Bedley is the recipient of this year’s OMNI Health Care Inspired Leader award at Garden Terrace long-term care home in Kanata.

He has been the resident services co-ordinator at Garden Terrace since 2008, otherwise working with OMNI Health Care for than 15 years.

“Jeff is known to have positive interactions with residents, families and staff members,” administrator Christine Schyf says. “He has demonstrated dependability over the years as he is always willing to assist over and above his regular duties.”

In addition to his buoyant outlook, Bedley likes to encourage and empower staff, provide support, catch them doing right and recognize them.

As a manager in the home, Bedley also strives to be an intentional part of the everyday action, walking around and taking a hands-on approach, which is encouraged of all OMNI Health Care leadership. “You can see the staff appreciates it,” he notes.

Bedley is most energized by knowing the residents who live at the long-term care home are receiving the best care.

“I feel the residents have done so much for people their whole lives and it’s our turn to give back to them and they deserve the best we can give and the best I can give,” he 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 and outstanding leadership and dedication to their work.

Inspired Leader and Everyday Hero Award recipients were announced at OMNI’s managers’ forum in Kingston in May. Since then, homes have been hosting their own award ceremonies to honour award recipients.

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