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Gananoque woman to retire before Christmas as PSW
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Connie Turcotte has seen a lot of changes in the Canadian health care system over the last 37 years. Through every change and her own health issues, she has enjoyed her job and worked with a smile.

Speaking from Carveth Care Centre where she has worked for the past 13 years, the 67-year-old reflects fondly on her career that is about to end with retirement on Dec. 22, 2023.

“I was part of the first group of students to take the Personal Support Care Worker course,” the Gananoque woman reflects fondly in late November 2023. “The course was offered through St. Lawrence College; I had two placements in Brockville and graduated in April 2001.”

In her 37-year career, Connie spent the first 15 years as a Health Care Aide and the other 22 years as a Personal Support Worker.

“It’s really bittersweet,” she says about her impending departure. “I love the residents and I love what I do. The staff are good to work with. I just feel it’s time for me to retire.”

Never one to complain, Connie has had her knee and shoulder replaced; she has a pacemaker and arthritis. After retirement, she plans to enjoy time over the holidays with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. In the New Year, she’d like to find something to keep her busy a couple of days a week.

“I have all kinds of projects lined-up,” she says with a smile. “I can’t wait to get out into my flower garden and not have to leave to go to work. I’d also like to travel more; my dream is to go to Hawaii.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Administrator Brett Gibson admits the residents and staff are going to miss Connie. “On behalf of the Gibson family, I would like to wish Connie all the best in retirement and thank her for providing the best quality of health care to our residents,” he says fondly.

Pleased with the feedback, Connie admits she only has one regret in her career.

“If I had any regrets, it’s that I didn’t go on further to be an RPN or RN,” she says thoughtfully.

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Connie Turcotte who retires as a Personal Support Worker on Dec. 22, 2023. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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