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When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Just ask Elizabeth Turnbull who lost her job near the start of the pandemic and was juggling three jobs near the end.

“I have a lot of obligations on the go now,” the53-year-old Lansdowne woman says with a smile in July 2021, the tail end of a global pandemic for COVID-19 which was declared in Canada in March 2020.

Speaking from Carveth Retirement Lodge, Elizabeth is visibly pleased to be the home’s Employee of the Month for August. She has worked at the home since last October as a Universal Worker which is a term for someone who helps with general duties around the retirement lodge and long-term care home such as cleaning.

“I love my job,” Elizabeth replies when asked about her work. “I love the people here. It’s great. It’s a fun place to work. I’m lucky because I tend to work a lot on the lodge side and the residents are so sweet. You get so attached.”

In addition to her job at the family owned and operated home in Gananoque, Elizabeth works at the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands and as a bartender at a local restaurant.

“I’m kind of doing a little bit of everything,” she explains.


Speaking on behalf of the home, Policy and Procedure Coordinator Paula Lewis notes, “Elizabeth is always happy and outgoing. Our residents love her. Her positive energy, empathetic character and caring demeanor make her a delight to work with and be around. She caters to our residents needs and is an amazing team player. Her attention to detail in all things she does is recognized and appreciated.”

Asked to describe herself, Elizabeth notes, “I’m outgoing and talkative. I’m someone who likes to see people happy. I like to make people happy. I’m just a happy-go-lucky person.”

When she’s not at work, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her grandson and sit by the pool or water. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.

“One of my dreams was to become a bartender and I just started to do that recently,” she says when asked about her goals.

“My priority is to spend time with my family and friends.”

Questions for Elizabeth

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

“I’d make sure seniors’ pensions are increased and improved. Most seniors live on less than the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a $2,000 monthly income for people who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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

“I’d like the power to heal; specifically pull people out of depression.”

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

“If I wasn’t working, I’d be at a beach or pool, enjoying the sunshine with my family and friends.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the strong work ethic of Elizabeth Turnbull. To learn more about living or working here, please call 613-382-4752.

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