Burnbrae Everyday Hero Cheryl Montgomery worked in every department during her 38-year career

Cheryl Montgomery, pictured at left next to administrator April Faux, recently retired after a 38-year career at Burnbrae Gardens. She returned to the Campbellford long-term care home recently to receive her 2019 Everyday Hero Award.

‘Cheryl was always willing to jump in anywhere and give a hand’

During the span of Cheryl Montgomery’s 38-year career at Burnbrae Gardens, there wasn’t one department she didn’t work in.

Having this broad range of experience at the Campbellford long-term care home proved to be valuable to Cheryl’s co-workers, as she could help out anywhere, her colleagues say.

“Cheryl was always willing to jump in anywhere and give a hand,” says Burnbrae Gardens administrator April Faux.

Cheryl recently retired, but her colleagues welcomed her back to the home Oct. 25 to present her with Burnbrae Gardens’ 2019 Everyday Hero Award during a ceremony which also honoured Cheryl and two other retired staff members – Laurie Rowat and Diane Henry – for their years of service.

Most recently, Cheryl worked in Burnbrae Gardens’ environmental services department. Despite having a medical condition that can make breathing difficult for her, Cheryl was persistent in getting her work complete and would bring in oxygen to help her through shifts if needed, notes Debbie Meiklejohn, who worked alongside Cheryl in the environmental services department.

“She is a very good team player and has a great sense of humour,” Debbie says, adding Cheryl was also a fan-favourite with the residents.

“The residents love to socialize and joke with Cheryl on a daily basis as she cleans their room.”

April adds that Cheryl’s cheery demeanour was ever-present at Burnbrae Gardens.

“Cheryl’s laughter could be heard throughout the home at all times,” she says.

The Everyday Hero Award is given out annually by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes to recognize staff members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to residents and co-workers.

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