Focus determined her reality
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Focus determined her reality

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Melissa Burley always knew she wanted to be a nurse.

It was a calling she felt early in life, a focus that determined her reality; earning her awards and praise as an adult.

Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre, a long-term care home in Amherstview where she has worked as a Registered Practical Nurse for the past six years, Melissa smiles brightly when told she is the home’s Employee of the Month for January.

Dressed in comfortable scrubs, the petite brunette replies quickly when asked about her work.

“I love my job,” she says warmly. “I love being able to help the residents. To be here for them and their families. It’s very rewarding to make a difference in another person’s life.”

Born and raised in Harrowsmith, the 26-year-old mother of two spends her work days assisting 104 residents.

“I like the wound care,” she confirms. “I like to see the improvement.”

Asked to describe herself, Melissa uses words such as quiet, organized and friendly.

She was married in the fall of 2016 and is a member of the Verona Vikings Baseball Team. She worked (along with many members of her family), at the cheese factory in Wilton.

“I like to be as helpful as possible,” she says kindly. “I think I’m a good listener.”

They are the same words used by Melissa’s managers.

“Melissa is always willing to jump-in and help-out in any situation,” notes Melissa Locke, Assistant Director of Care. “She is knowledgeable, friendly and personable with residents and staff. She is a tremendous asset to our team.”

Sue Reynolds, the home’s Director of Care, echoes that sentiment.

“Melissa Burley is an extraordinary individual and an exemplary nurse,” says the senior manager. “She tries to hide under her quiet demeanor, but her dedication and knowledge allows her to excel at the wonderful care she provides residents. Melissa works quietly and efficiently to care for the residents in our home. She leads her team with confidence and compassion. We are incredibly fortunate to have Melissa as part of our amazing team.”

Grateful for the compliments and feedback, Melissa shares her convictions which are remarkably similar to her commitments.

“I try to take every day as it comes,” she says wisely. “I also try to live life to the fullest.”

Helen Henderson Care Centre is grateful for the compassionate health care of Melissa Burley.

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