Cooking done with care is an act of love
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Cooking done with care is an act of love

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Sharing food is a form of expression for many.

Arranged tastefully on a plate, food is nourishment mixed with care and comfort.

For Theresa Running, this is particularly true.

“I love cooking because it’s social and you can make people feel good. It was the way I was brought-up,” she says from her office at Carveth Care Centre, a retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque where she works as the Food Services Nutrition Manager.

Speaking on a cold afternoon in late March, Theresa talks with warmth and kindness.

Like the dishes she prepares, her words are infused with an interest in the wellbeing of others.

“I like it here because everyone knows each other. It’s a small community and everyone seems willing to lend a helping hand. I find this makes me want to strive to make things better,” she says.

A resident of Gananoque, Theresa has worked for Gibson Family Health Care for more than 40 years. She was hired by Kingsley Gibson when Carveth operated as a nursing home in Seeley’s Bay.

Kingsley’s wife, Joyce, trained Theresa as a Personal Support Worker, a job she held for four years.

Thersea left the company when she was married and returned when a new Carveth Care Centre was built in Gananoque.

Grateful for the work, she asked for a job in the kitchen and took the necessary courses to become the Food Services Nutrition Manager.

“I always keep myself updated,” she says about the education she needed to become a manager.

Known for her delicious home-cooked meals, Theresa is a beloved member of the Carveth family. She is often seen arriving early and leaving late to personally oversee the nutritional needs of every resident.

Speaking from his office, Administrator Brett Gibson (Kingsley’s grandson) smiles when asked about Theresa.

“What do you say about a person who has worked for your family longer then you have been alive, other than she is a fixture in our home,” says Brett, fondly. “Theresa brings humour, professionalism and commitment to the workplace which has helped her evolve over 40 years in this ever-changing industry.”

“I love my work,” admits Theresa. “I feel bad for people at other workplaces who hate their jobs. When I had to take a time-off for a medical condition last year, I couldn’t wait to get back.”

Theresa lives by the Golden Rule: treat people the way you would like to be treated.

“You may not always agree, but your need to respect people’s opinions,” she says wisely.

She also likes to make food people like and want.

“We like to provide comfort food residents are familiar with and offer a good variety of other types of food such as ethnic dishes,” she notes. “Not many people want just plain meat and potatoes anymore. We’re always working to meet nutritional needs and satisfy personal preferences.”

Carveth Care Centre is proud of the delicious meals served by Theresa Running and the Dietary Department.

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