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Gananoque grandmother praised for work in nursing home
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Gananoque grandmother praised for work in nursing home

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A fun-loving grandmother from Gananoque is earning praise for her work with residents in long-term care.

Speaking from Carveth Care Centre where she has worked as a Personal Support Worker for the past 18 years, Carol Campbell notes, “I love it here. I’ve always loved my work. I think I can make a difference. I carry a sense of humour with me which makes the day better.”

Looking tired, but happy, around noon on a weekday near the end of August, Carol admits she has been at Kingston hospital (with her father) since 1:30 am that morning. Later the same day, she will join her family for an 80th birthday for her mother who lives at the same nursing home where Carol works.


 

“I’m tired,” the friendly mother and grandmother admits with a smile that signifies she will do whatever it takes to keep her family healthy and happy.

When she’s not at work, Carol can be found looking after her granddaughter.

“I’m involved in all of my children’s lives,” confirms the 56-year-old.

Asked to describe herself, Carol uses words such as laid-back, good sense of humour and easy to get along with. She smiles when she hears she is the home’s Employee of the Month for September.

“Carol is a reliable employee who sets a great example for her coworkers,” explains Lynn Vereecken, Assistant Director of Care. “She always gets the job done and done well. We appreciate her help with new staff and students. Carol speaks up and offers solutions to difficult situations.”

“The staff here are great,” Carol says kindly about her work environment. “We have a really good team here.”

Recently, Carol stepped out of her comfort zone and went zip lining.

“That was amazing for me,” she explains. “I flew down over the tops of trees. I just did it a while ago and I still have the scar to prove it. That’s as far as I can go for now. Now I need time to recover.”

Questions for Carol

If you could rule the world, what would you do on day one?

“I have a cat and several rescue pets such as two skinny pigs and a dog. I’d ensure pets didn’t go hungry or be abused. Animals are what we go to for comfort. Cuddling with my pet is the best part of my day. That’s my relaxation.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“I’d like to be able to go back in time. I wish I had more confidence way back then. I’d like to go back in time and tweak a few things and enjoy.”

If you weren’t at your current job, what would you be doing?

“I love animals. I’d like to operate an animal rescue centre. That would be the best job.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the loving nature of Carol Campbell. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-384-4585.

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