Three OMNI LECs are new to their positions, they all had different motivators that led them to LTC, but they are united by a passion for their work
Three life enrichment co-ordinators (LECs) who are new to the position of managing and organizing programs at OMNI Health Care long-term care homes may have different experiences that led them on their career paths but they’re united by a passion for their work.
Ulana Orrick became Village Green’s LEC on March 30. Ulana, who has a solid background working in long-term care, says her supervisor at a previous job she had working in a life enrichment department at a long-term care home encouraged her to pursue a career in program management after seeing her potential as an interim manager.
“She said, ‘you found your inner leader, you should definitely pursue something,’ so I started looking around for another rural home – I really wanted that rural experience – and Village Green just happened to be looking (for an LEC) at the same time I was, so that’s what brought me here,” she says.
“I am absolutely loving it here, this is such a great little home.”
Laurie Kracht became Streamway Villa’s new LEC in early July, and she credits her late father for inspiring her to take the career path that brought her to the Cobourg long-term care home.
About five years ago, Laurie moved back home to help her mother care for her dad, who had been diagnosed with dementia.
Eventually, Laurie’s father needed hospital care, and, after spending several months in and out of hospital and waiting for a bed in a long-term care home, he moved into Streamway Villa. He passed away three weeks later.
But Laurie says during his time at Streamway her father was happy and was receiving excellent care.
Laurie saw the difference that people working at Streamway Villa made in her dad’s life.
“It was the first time I had seen my dad smile in a long time because he had been in and out of the hospital for a long time,” Laurie says.
Kim Williams had been working as a life enrichment aide at Frost Manor for about two years when she had a chance to mentor her peers, which she says ignited within her a desire to become a manager.
She brought that goal to fruition earlier in the spring when she joined Pleasant Meadow Manor as the Norwood long-term care home’s new LEC.
“I enjoy the staff, I enjoy the environment and I enjoy the residents — I’m making friends with the residents here like I did at Frost,” Kim says.
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