Country Terrace staff pose as "tacky tourists" during a Viva Las Vegas-themed awards ceremony and gala at Fern Resort in Orillia.

Country Terrace RPN ‘leads by example’

Komoka home recognizes Inspired Leader Gladys Bannerman

ORILLIA, Ont. – Gladys Bannerman has a smile that illuminates a room. It’s one of several of the registered practical nurse’s (RPN) assets that contributed to her recently being named Country Terrace’s Inspired Leader.

The 120-bed Komoka long-term care home recognized Bannerman May 7 during OMNI Health Care’s 2nd annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.

“She’s very good-natured,” said Country Terrace clinical care co-ordinator (CCC) Kimberley Noftle.

“Bannerman has a great sense of humour. She has a beautiful smile and she has a very quiet, charming laugh.”

The RPN joined Country Terrace in the fall of 2001. She’s adaptive to change and isn’t easily frazzled, Noftle noted.

That tolerant demeanour is reflected in her personal life too, the CCC added, as Bannerman has adopted five children and has nine in total in her blended family. “She’s quite a wonderful woman in that regard. She’s very kind, patient and loving.”

Her nature benefits residents as she remains composed throughout residents’ challenging times of the day, like during sundown.

Bannerman’s leadership style is effective, steady and serene. “She tends to lead by example. When everyone else is running around in a tizzy, Gladys is steady at the helm and offers that direction that’s needed at the time,” Noftle said.

“We’re very pleased to recognize her as our Inspired Leader for 2014. We, at Country Terrace, would like to humbly thank Gladys for her dedication to our home and to our residents.”  

OMNI honoured staff members from 17 long-term care homes during the awards ceremony/gala evening.

Forest Hill life enrichment co-ordinator Craig Forrest emceed the affair.

“It’s fantastic to see front-line workers receiving awards,” Forrest said.

The evening featured a Viva Las Vegas theme. Staff got into the spirit by dressing up in an array of colourful and creative costumes varying from playing cards to pink flamingos.

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