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Award Recipients

Jason Chester, Administrator
at Beacon Hill Lodge, accepted
the award on behalf of
Dexter & Irene.
  This year’s recipients in Community Services are Dexter Elloso & Irene Salonga.

The definition of a hero is somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character. These two individuals demonstrate that heroes come from all aspects of life.

When a fire broke out in a resident’s room, both Dexter and Irene reacted quickly to save the resident from harm. Together they entered the room that was engulfed in flames and smoke to bring the resident to safety.

Irene and Dexter put the resident’s needs above their own, which demonstrates a true commitment to the residents we serve and how they become part of our lives. Beacon Hill Lodge, Revera Living and the LTCAM are very proud of Dexter and Irene’s actions which truly demonstrate acts of heroism in our community.

Please join us in congratulating Dexter and Irene.

This year’s recipient for Recreation Therapy Service is Christina Kowall.

Christina brought joy to the almost 200 residents of Middlechurch Home this part Christmas. Christina had a vision for Christmas that was unprecedented. Christina, together with the residents, local schools, neighbours and families transformed the Activity Centre of Middlechurch Home into a “Winter Wonderland”. She then organized staff and volunteers to help ensure that every resident was taken through this very special magical Christmas show.

Christina’s vision and creativity provided residents, staff and the community to a spectacular and inspiriting event. Congratulations!

This year’s recipient for Innovation/Vision/Leadership is the Vista Park Lodge Dietary Department.

Many of our residents require special diets to meet their needs. Some of these include the necessity to puree food. While many inroads have been made to assist in providing colour definition to this type of menu, other presentation challenges still remained. The dietary staff at Vista Park have taken on this challenge and have succeeded.

Painstaking preparation has gone into the presentation of these food items that now meet the expectations of the residents in all the ways we look forward to: taste, aroma and visual appeal. Thank you to Jacqueline White, Angela Horbay and Lil Nyberg for your innovation and creativity and your dedication to improving the lives of our residents.