Garden Terrace recognizes Vanessa Labrecque as its Inspired Leader
Friday, July 11, 2014 — Natalie Hamilton
ORILLIA, Ont. – While bedside nursing was her calling, Vanessa Labrecque’s work ethic and leadership traits propelled her career in a slightly different direction.
OMNI Health Care managers heard about the contributions of Garden Terrace’s clinical care co-ordinator and RAI co-ordinator during the May 7 second annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.
The 160-bed Kanata long-term care named Labrecque as its Inspired Leader.
“Vanessa is a true leader who motivates, inspires, challenges and equips those around her,” said Garden Terrace administrator Carolyn Della Foresta.
“She isn’t afraid to get her hands right into the dirt and work alongside others because in doing so she’s very aware that she demonstrates that everyone’s role is important – that everyone’s contribution is vital to the effective operation of our home.”
Labrecque is a “tremendous” support to those around her, she’s eager and she’s willing. The CCC and RAI co-ordinator is constantly improving her knowledge base and bringing her wisdom back to the home to share with others, Della Foresta noted.
“Vanessa is that leader who not only has the intelligence and the drive to get the job done but she also has the true desire. Her work ethic is second to none and her passion for doing right by each of our residents is commendable,” the administrator said.
“I feel fortunate to call Vanessa a member of the Garden Terrace team as well as my friend.”
The CCC and RAI co-ordinator graciously accepted the Inspired Leader title.
“I honestly have to say this is really a shock, I really didn’t see that coming,” Labrecque said.
Labrecque became a registered practical nurse in 2005. In 2007 she began working at Garden Terrace and later covered a maternity leave for the CCC position. By 2008 she was the permanent CCC and RAI co-ordinator.
“The reason I stand here today is because the management team at the home believed in me, and especially Carolyn believed in me, so that means a lot to me to be recognized.”
OMNI honoured staff members from its 18 long-term care homes during the awards ceremony.
Following the presentations, managers were entertained by singing impressionist Matt Gauthier and tried their hand at crown and anchor, blackjack, poker and roulette for a chance to win prizes.
The gala evening featured a Viva Las Vegas theme and staff members embraced the opportunity to dress in creative and colourful costumes reflecting all-things Vegas.
Read more about OMNI’s inspired leaders and everyday heroes in upcoming stories.
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