Dietary aide recognized for three decades of nourishment and care
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Dietary aide recognized for three decades of nourishment and care

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Brenda Knapp is good at her job.

Quietly working at a nursing home in Gananoque for almost 30 years, the dietary aide is passionate about keeping residents nourished and safe.

“I like my job and I love the residents,” says Brenda about the 104 people she assists at the home, owned and operated by the Gibson family.

“I have worked for three generations of the same family.”

Known for her infectious laugh and efficiency at work, Brenda works hard to brighten each resident’s day.

A proud mother of two, Brenda loves her family and values her privacy. She cares deeply for animals and is an avid horse lover.

Stopping to talk briefly after work in early November 2017, it is clear she approaches life with a healthy dose of practicality and common sense.

Speaking on behalf of the home which named Brenda its Employee of the Month for November, Food Service Nutrition Manager Theresa Running notes, “Brenda is an important member of our nutritional services team. Her main responsibilities include serving meals in the dining room and keeping the dining room orderly and clean. Because of her capability and kindness, she has formed a close bond with the residents. It is a pleasure to watch her work. She always puts the residents rights, feelings and needs, first; whether it is food related, table selection or social.  Brenda makes the residents feel comfortable and lifts their spirits when they're down. When that happens, their personalities come shining through."

Brenda was nominated for the award by Lou Rasmussen, a resident of the home who appreciates the dietary aide’s caring spirit.

“I’m all for anybody who doesn’t have a voice,” she says kindly. “Someone has to speak for them.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the kindness and compassion of Brenda Knapp.


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