Riverview salutes Inspired Leader, Everyday Hero

Pair honoured committed to professional growth: Greco

ORILLIA, Ont. – Becky Dennie has a thirst for knowledge. The long-standing Riverview Manor employee, who has developed and grown significantly in her career at the Peterborough long-term care home, recently earned Riverview Manor’s Inspired Leader award.

OMNI honoured staff members from its 18 long-term care homes May 7 during the second annual Awards and Recognition Night at Fern Resort.

“I’m very pleased to be able to present two awards this evening,” said Mary Anne Greco, administrator of the 124-bed home.

Dennie joined Riverview in 1995 as a registered practical nurse. In 2001, she assumed the role of manager of resident quality. “In that capacity, she has been great,” Greco said.

Dennie has also been “extremely instrumental” in the Behavioural Supports Ontario program. She is a Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) trainer, has educated all of Riverview’s staff and has branched out to provide GPA training in the community and at other OMNI homes.

The Inspired Leadership award acknowledges employees who consistently motivate, inspire and enable others to provide the kind of care that benefits residents in every aspect of their lives.

Greco also recognized Adam Wicklum with an Everyday Hero award. The life enrichment aide (LEA) makes a significant contribution to the home, Greco said.

Wicklum, in addition to leading meditation sessions with residents, writes and reads poetry to those who are receiving palliative care.

“He’s a very kind soul. He’s also very innovative,” Greco said. Joining OMNI in 2005, the LEA “has evolved considerably in his knowledge and his compassion,” the administrator noted.

Following the awards 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.

Read more about OMNI’s inspired leaders and everyday heroes in upcoming stories.

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