PSW ‘lives the OMNI values on a 24-7 basis’

Almonte Country Haven recognizes ‘Everyday Hero,’ ‘Inspired Leader’

ORILLIA, Ont. – From the staff member who pushes herself to grow professionally to the personal support worker (PSW) who personifies the OMNI values, Almonte Country Haven is proud to have an “Inspired Leader” and an “Everyday Hero” in house.

The eastern Ontario long-term care home recognized two staff members May 7 for their contributions to Almonte during OMNI Health Care’s 2nd annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.

PSW Emily Fournier is the home’s Everyday Hero.

Clinical care co-ordinator (CCC) Kristin Mills received the Inspired Leader award.

“Kristin Mills is a true team player, always willing to assist her peers, since for her, the residents always come first,” said Almonte administrator Marilyn Colton.

“Her peers and supervisors describe her as caring and compassionate. The residents love her.”

Mills, the home’s Residents First co-ordinator, joined Almonte in 2003 as a PSW. She pursued and completed her RPN training in 2006 and was promoted to CCC in 2010.

“Kristin has demonstrated personal leadership as an RPN and CCC, self-confidence, the courage to take risks and the willingness to change resulting in personal growth and development,” Colton said.

Mills’ commitment to all stakeholders contributes to improved quality of care and life for the home’s 82 residents, she added.

Fournier, Almonte’s Everyday Hero, joined the home in 2010.

“Four years later, we still see a committed, caring and compassionate PSW who lives the OMNI values on a 24-7 basis,” Colton said.

“Emily is a worker who strives for excellence in resident care and quality of life each workday. We know the Everyday Hero is defined by one’s actions.

“Emily’s manner is one of warmth, kindness and a genuine caring as she provides excellent care for all each day every day.”

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

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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