This year in addition to recognizing 17 employees with Long Service Awards, Shoreham presented three new awards to employees who exemplify outstanding leadership, teamwork and service to the residents on an ongoing basis.
CHESTER – February 26, 2015 – The Board of Directors, Foundation and Administration of Shoreham Village are pleased to announce the recipients of their first ever Awards of Distinction, presented this evening in Chester at the annual staff appreciation event, at which employees were also recognized for years of service.
“Our staff appreciation night is our chance to say to our staff “we value you” and celebrating the contributions they make individually and collectively. The new awards of distinction draw particular attention to the attributes we all aspire to,” said Patsy Brown, Vice Chair of Shoreham’s Board of Directors.
This year, in addition to recognizing 17 employees who have been with Shoreham for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years, the organization presented three new awards to employees who exemplify outstanding leadership, teamwork, and service to the residents of Shoreham Village on an ongoing basis.
“We are lucky to have so many great people at Shoreham. Our Long Service Awards and these new awards pay tribute to the difference they make in the lives of our residents and the high level of respect they have earned from their colleagues,” commented Alice Leverman, CEO of Shoreham Village.
Receiving the Leadership Award were Cara Bremner, LPN and Gaye Ernst, Director of Support Services, for demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities on a day to day basis, holding themselves to a high level of integrity and motivating others to do their best. Cara is “a great source of inspiration”, respected by colleagues for going above and beyond expectations and being prepared to mentor and support staff in reaching their potential. One colleague said, “I wouldn’t be half the nurse I am today without her.”
Gaye Ernst, who also received a 25 year long service award, is credited with having built a strong team of diverse people who put the residents first and serve other departments by always making sure they have the support, supplies and skills they need to excel. Colleagues admire her ability to tap into the unique strengths and abilities of each member of her department and instil a desire in others to do their best. “Gaye has allowed us to soar,” commented one colleague.
The Outstanding Resident Focus Award was presented to Continuing Care Assistant Debbie Harlow, who colleagues nominated for her significant contribution to the care and quality of life for residents at Shoreham, placing residents and families first and working in a collaborative way with colleagues. Debbie, has been with Shoreham for 25 years and is described by coworkers as being honest, reliable, kind, caring, compassionate and hardworking – helping out whenever and wherever needed. She is a member of the transfer team, continually teaching and demonstrating the proper use of protocols to ensure every transfer is a safe one.
Amanda Coté was recognized with the Teamwork Award for her outstanding commitment to Shoreham Village’s values; support and care for her co-workers; and her significant contribution to creating a positive work environment. One colleague said, “Teamwork is the glue that keeps the team together. Amanda is the glue.” When Amanda sees something that needs to be done she does it, whether it is ensuring a resident’s physical care is done in an exemplary manner or re-stocking supplies so that her colleagues have what they need on hand.
Employees were invited to nominate a colleague or a group of colleagues who meet the criteria for the awards. Award recipients were selected from those nominated by their peers.
The Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities on a day to day basis and who motivates and inspires others to accomplish more than they would otherwise. The recipient actively participates with colleagues in day to day work, takes responsibility/action as an individual employee for the attainment of goals – whether his/her own goals or those of the team.
The recipient of this award sets a high standard of integrity by leading by example and maintaining high personal standards. He/she is highly respected by their peers and other employees at Shoreham.
The Outstanding Resident Focus Award
The Outstanding Resident Focus Award recognizes an employee who has made a significant contribution to the care and quality of life for residents at Shoreham. The recipient demonstrates outstanding compassion and care to the residents and is continually looking for new ways to put residents at the centre of all that we do.
The recipient demonstrates a knowledge of what it means to be resident focused and is highly respected by their peers and other employees at Shoreham.
The Teamwork Award
The Teamwork Award is presented to an employee who has made an exceptional contribution to their program or department or to Shoreham Village.
The award recognizes an individual employee who or a team that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to Shoreham Village’s values; supports and cares for their co-workers; makes a significant contribution to creating a positive work environment and is highly respected by their peers and other employees at Shoreham.
Shoreham Village Long Service Award Recipients
Years of Service as of end of 2014
10 Years of Service (2004)
15 Years of Service (1999)
20 Years of Service (1994)
25 Years of Service (1989)
30 Years of Service (1984)
35 Years of Service (1979)