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Efforts of temporary pandemic worker celebrated
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A temporary pandemic worker is receiving accolades for her work to help seniors persevere the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking from Carveth Care Centre in mid-February, Nancy Harrington calls the recognition a pleasant surprise.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” she says with a smile about her arrival at Carveth Care Centre as a Universal Worker in August 2020; five months after the pandemic was declared in Canada.

“I never worked in long-term care before,” explains the 63-year-old. “It’s been quite an education.”

Named Employee of the Month for March 2021, Nancy’s efforts have helped the combined retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque navigate the choppy waters of the global pandemic.

As a Universal Worker, Nancy escorts family caregivers to and from visits and trains new staff with the screening process. She also assists nursing staff with office duties such as copying, organizing, and printing orientation documents.

 As luck would have it, Nancy took a course for caregivers when she was helping her mother battle dementia in the late 80s.

“That course was incredibly helpful to me at the time and it’s really helped me to be more understanding of what I’ve seen here,” she says thoughtfully.

Nancy notes with a smile, “I really like my job because I get to help people every day. I’m getting to meet many of the residents and the families. It’s been nice. I’ve had fun.”

Asked to describe herself, Nancy, who has been semi-retired since 2015, uses words such as independent, people-person, gardener and traveler.

When she’s not at work, Nancy renovates her cabin, learns Spanish, practices yoga and meditates.


 

“I have a remote, rustic cabin on the lake,” the friendly woman explains. “I used to go south for the winter. Since I can’t travel because of the pandemic, I thought I might as well work. I feel like I’m at the happiest part of my life right now. I’m having a lot of fun. I don’t know where this is going, but so far it’s been a great experience.”

Questions for Nancy

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

“I’d make sure everyone has enough to eat.”

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

“I’d like the power to heal.”

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

“I would be on a beach in the Caribbean or somewhere warm.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Nancy Harrington. To learn more about living or working at our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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