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Retired nurse returns to workforce and wins award for helping nursing home navigate pandemic
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A retired Gananoque woman has won an award for interrupting her retirement to help a local nursing home navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I enjoy this job. I like the routine and I like to be active. It’s an honour to work here,” says Mary Brown who started working at Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque in March 2021 as a Universal Worker. Her duties include testing visitors and staff for COVID-19.

Mary came out of retirement to help the home navigate the pandemic which was declared in March 2020.

“I wasn’t doing well in retirement,” she says with a grin. “I realized too late that there’s a lot of hours in a 24-hour day.”

Mary says her favourite part of her job at Carveth Care Centre is meeting new people. It is one of the reasons she was named Employee of the Month for June 2022.


Speaking on behalf of the home, Business Manager Susana Bachelder notes, “The world needs more Marys…From her welcoming nature to her great organizational skills, Mary is always willing to lend a hand.  We are very fortunate to have the time and talent of Mary.”

“It’s a pleasure to work with these excellent people, they’re leaders in their field even though they don’t know it,” Mary says with a smile from her work area near the front door of the home. “I’ve worked in a lot of places, and you see a lot of chaos which you don’t see here. People admire and respect each other.”

When asked to describe herself, the 68-year-old replies, “Most people describe me as a grandmother. I also see the silver lining in everything. My husband says I give away hope like candy.”

In her spare time, Mary can be found writing.

“Ever since I was younger, I was known for storytelling,” explains the friendly woman. “Now I write children’s books, I’m currently on my second one. I also like to decorate. I’m afraid of bugs so I won’t go into my garden.”

Questions for Mary

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

“I would try to communicate to Mr. Putin, as best I could, to stop the pain and suffering he’s inflicting.”

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

“I’d like to grant people’s wishes.”

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

“I’d be looking for something in this line of work. I really enjoy this.”

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

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