Garden Terrace’s success at awards ceremony reflective of OMNI’s values

Garden Terrace staff members are seen here at this year's You and Me for Memories An Evening to Remember gala.

Garden Terrace staff members are seen here at this year’s You and Me for Memories An Evening to Remember gala.

“Administrator praises nominees for focus on the OMNIway”

November 1, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Since Ottawa-area Alzheimer’s support group You and Me for Memories launched the Anita St-Jean Memorial Caregiver of the Year Award in 2009 three OMNI Health Care team members have won the accolade. This, notes Garden Terrace administrator Carolyn Della Foresta, says a lot about OMNI as a long-term care provider.

While staff members adhere to each of OMNI’s core values, the administrator points to the value of “respect” as being one that gets much focus from this year’s nominees.

Della Foresta says the success OMNI staff members have had winning the award is also indicative of the organization’s motto — “Our passion is people.”

Garden Terrace life enrichment aide (LEA) Kellie Bennett is the most recent winner of the award, which is given out at the annual An Evening to Remember gala to front-line caregivers in the Ottawa region who have shown outstanding performance in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

Two other OMNI team members, Garden Terrace personal support worker (PSW) Birru Firew and Almonte Country Haven LEA Jessica Lynch, were also among the five finalists chosen by an independent selection committee.

Past winners include Forest Hill PSW Beverley Berard, who won in 2010, and Garden Terrace PSW Abe Asmeron, who took the honour in 2009.

“Of the five years, three winners have been from OMNI, so that says something about the staff that we have,” Della Foresta tells the OMNIway.

While scores of award nominations came in to the selection committee from across the Ottawa region, Della Foresta says she’s honoured that three caregivers represented OMNI and two were from Garden Terrace.

Della Foresta also praises Bennett and Firew for their nominations making it to the final judging, adding they deserve to be recognized for their tireless efforts serving residents.

“It was so fantastic to see them getting the kudos they deserve, because they don’t get that as often on the floor as they should,” she says.

You and Me for Memories is a grassroots group raising money for Alzheimer’s disease research. It was started in 2008 by family members of Garden Terrace residents.

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