June 2014 - Award Winning Stories

Congratulations to our first places winners for Admin Professionals Week and Nurses Week. They shared their heartfelt stories with us, and we are excited to be able to share them with you.

Lurdes Parnham
Administrative Professional at Northern General Hospital

I feel fortunate to work at the Seniors' Health Centre for over 20 years, and I'm proud and honoured that I belong to our SHC family, because it consists of a very special group of caring people.  Our staff, physicians and volunteers. I'm proud because our team dedicates ourselves every day to provide quality of care selflessly to our frail and elderly population, and that is a special gift!

Our elderly residents have given so much to society, and now are faced with so many challenges, both physical and cognitive. They now depend on us and entrust us to care for them with kindness and compassion; and we strive to fulfill their needs, physical, cognitive and spiritual, by giving our best and living our values.  We try to listen when they try to express their emotions verbally and pay attention to the gestures and sounds of those who can't communicate verbally.

Many of our residents come from different parts of the world and we respect and welcome their differences and diversities. Our staff lead and encourage them to participate in their beautiful multi-faith rituals, so they can continue their spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.  Another way we help our residents and their families, is by interpreting for those who cannot speak the English language...since I'm fluent in one of the Romance languages, which allows me to understand a couple of others, I offer to interpret for them and their families when they need my assistance.

We are all here to make a difference, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to us, it can make a world of difference for someone else. So let's all be instruments of light and peace in someone's life, by giving a smile, a tender touch, a compassionate word, an understanding ear...these are the little things that bring our residents joy! Here's one of my favourite prayers by Mother Teresa - "The Simple Prayer"

The fruit of silence is prayer

The fruit of prayer is faith

The fruit of faith is love

The fruit of love is service

The fruit of service is peace                                                                                                     

We can do no great things

Only small things with great love.

Lurdes Dionisio Parnham


Mary Lee Turcotte
RPN at Lennox and Addington County General Hospital

In my high school years I was very blessed to be able to join a team of nurses that took me under their wing.

I was a grade 9 student 1981 with a broken heart. There were three nurses that took me under and allowed me to see what a giving profession and career I could become a member of. I started out doing volunteer work, wearing my red and white uniform with grace and pride, earning simple awards from a cap for 50hours and a pin for 100hrs and a gold watch for 1000hrs. Working in all areas of our community hospital from emerg, pediatrics, Geriatrics and active care. Over those many hours I learned to heal inside and be able to give back more than I could have ever gotten. Over the years of my career I’ve been blessed to work in so many areas’s it’s the one field we can be so many things. A hand to hold while someone takes there last breath and share a tear, to a hand that leads someone back to their feet. To becoming the organizer of so many tests and days full of turmoil and business. But we get it done.

We have developed as a profession from being Registered Nurses Assistants to being proud to becoming Registered Practical Nurses. There has never been an end to what we as nurses are capable of doing. Its’ never been a job for me and after almost 33 years of becoming stronger in my profession and stronger in my personal life I’m so very blessed and proud to say I’m a nurse. We so often will see patients and their family in the grocery stores and they gladly acknowledge us in the good and bad, in the happy and sad times. Were so much too so many people I fear we never really and truly understand the amazing effect we have on our community, our clients, patients and family.

For me being introduced to those special nurses who decided I was worth sharing a shift with and eager always to learn being so blessed to see what the value of this vocation really was. I learned it was more a calling to me then a career, there is nothing I would rather be doing then learning something new every day.

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