Long-time staff acknowledged at Village Green celebration

A scene from Village Green's recent 35th anniversary celebration.

A scene from Village Green’s recent 35th anniversary celebration.

35th anniversary a time to reflect on people’s


October 16, 2013 — Deron Hamel

Village Green’s rural location, coupled with the home’s friendly staff members and OMNI Health Care’s corporate culture, has resulted in many people spending the bulk of their careers at the Greater Napanee long-term care home, says administrator Linda Pierce.

Pierce, who has herself worked at Village Green for 25 years, says staff members’ commitment was top of mind during the home’s Oct. 7 celebration commemorating its 35th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, several staff members received pins acknowledging their many years of employment at Village Green.

Commemorative pins were awarded to staff members to honour five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

“There were a phenomenal amount of pins given out that day,” Pierce says.

The home, which is located in the small village of Selby, is also a centre point for employment in the community, Pierce says.

“It’s a nice home,” she says of Village Green. “It has a really nice culture, and the people here are in it for the long run and we have very devoted people who really stick to it and they’re hard-working; they have common values and common goals.

“And the (staff members) love what they’re doing, so they’ve stayed here,” the administrator adds.

While Village Green had a large party for its 30th anniversary in 2008, the home decided on a quieter celebration in 2013. The event was advertised locally, and residents, their families and staff members past and present attended.

At the party, a 35th anniversary cake was presented and Bill Dunn, a local entertainer, provided music. The home also combined Thanksgiving into the 35th anniversary events, with a turkey dinner provided to staff members on all shifts.

Keep reading the OMNIway for upcoming stories about Village Green’s long-time staff members.

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