Popular nurse praises retirement home
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Popular nurse praises retirement home

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Kim Beavis is having a hard time saying goodbye.

Speaking from Helen Henderson Retirement Lodge where she has provided life-saving health care for more than 22 years, her eyes fill with tears when she talks about her last day of work in a few days.

“I’m sad to be leaving,” says the 54-year-old Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) from the beautiful lodge dining room. “Wherever I go, it’s not going to be here.”

A fixture in the lodge, Kim is preparing to leave the family owned and operated home on Sept. 27, 2019. She made the difficult decision to resign after her husband received a work promotion and needed to relocate to Cornwall.

“I’m kind of excited,” she says wistfully about the house they purchased in Cornwall. “It will be nice to have my own bed again. My son has moved into our old house and I’m currently living with my daughter. I’m nervous, too. I don’t know what I want to do now. I may even go back to school and specialize in one-area of health care.”

Interestingly, Kim started at the accredited home as a Residential Aide and earned her license as an RPN, a position she’s held for approximately 17 years. She calls the home and its residents her work family.


“Kim has been a huge asset to our home and is truly part of the family here,” says Angela Gibson, Assistant Administrator. “She will be greatly missed by the Gibson family, our residents and staff.  It will take a while for us to get used to the lodge without Kim’s presence.”
“The Gibson family treats its employees very, very well,” says Kim, pleased with the feedback. “There are a lot of opportunities here for staff. I’ve made a lot of friends and I’ve enjoyed the residents. You couldn’t work in another home and receive what you get here such as regular theme weeks with prizes, delicious meals and professional development. There’s nowhere else you’d get that. It’s like a family here.

“It’s going to be very difficult for me to leave here,” says Kim sadly. “I enjoy my job and the people in this home. It’s not going to be easy to say goodbye.”

Helen Henderson Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Kim Beavis. Management, staff and residents wish her well with her future endeavours. Please don’t consider this a goodbye, Kim. Rather, until we meet again. To learn more about living or working here, please call 613-384-4584 ext. 233.

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