New LEC says she’s found her calling at Streamway Villa

Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, right, is pictured with resident Vera Haden in the photo from 2019.

‘I want to be an advocate for the seniors. I’m very passionate about that,’ says Laurie Kracht

As Streamway Villa’s new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), Laurie Kracht says she has found her calling.

Laurie, who became LEC in July, began working at the Cobourg long-term care home in summer 2019 as a life enrichment aide. She applied for the LEC position when it became available in June.

Laurie says her purpose in her new role is to make the residents she works with smile and be engaged in activities.

“I want to be an advocate for the seniors,” Laurie says. “I’m very passionate about that.”

Laurie says her Streamway Villa colleagues encouraged her to apply for the position and they have been supportive of her since she took the job.

Laurie says she had some apprehension about taking on a management role at the home after only a year of working at Streamway, but the support her colleagues have provided her has made the transition seamless and has helped her adapt.

“They told me I had to (apply) for this job, and now that I have it I know that this is where I’m supposed to be,” Laurie says.

“Everyone here said I was great with the residents, that I had the management experience, and I think they could see my potential; they could see my growth and they know that I’m an ongoing learner.”

Asked what the No. 1 she brings to residents, Laurie says it’s her enthusiasm.

“I make sure everyone laughs – that’s my goal every day, she says. “I am very goal-driven. When I’m programming I want to make sure that we are hitting all the proper recreational therapy (goals) as well as having a good time doing it.”

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