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Gananoque woman recognized for good work
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A Personal Support Worker at Carveth Care Centre has been recognized for her good work.

Speaking from her house in Gananoque a few hours before her shift in mid-June, Donna Trebinskie smiles at the news she is the home’s Employee of the Month for July 2021, the same month as her 58th birthday.

“I love my job,” she says quickly when asked about her work at the long-term care home. “It’s stressful right now, with what’s going on with the pandemic. But I like looking after the old folks. They’re like family.”

Donna has worked at the home for the past seven years as a Personal Support Worker (PSW). Before that, she worked as a cook and in a medical office.

“I took the PSW course quite late,” she admits. “I love the staff here. Everyone looks out for each other. It’s like a big family.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Director of Care Shelley Bender notes, “Donna comes to work ready to do her job.  She is very approachable and reliable to residents and co-workers, alike. Having had her mother here as a resident has given Donna the perspective as a family member as well as an employee which has made her the great PSW she is today.”

Donna’s work includes providing assisted daily living to the residents. She is often on the bath team and works a lot of days and evenings.


 

When she is not at work, Donna can be found swimming, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She uses words such as easygoing, jokester and hard worker to describe herself.

Asked about her goals and dreams, she quickly answers with a laugh, “Retirement.”

“I don’t have a date,” she replies when asked if anything has been finalized. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this for a while yet, as long as my body allows it.”

Questions for Donna

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

“I’d like the power to eliminate diseases. My mom was at Carveth and she passed away from Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the reasons I took the PSW course.”

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

“I’d be in another medical setting. It’s hard to think of working somewhere else because I enjoy this so much. It’s more hands-on and I enjoy the people.”

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

“I would get rid of poverty.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Donna Trebinskie. To learn more about living or working here, please call 613-382-4752.

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