From a Grateful Daughter
Debbie Defeo wrote this note of thanks.
My mother and I recently spent two nights in your residence by St. Joseph’s Hospital where mom was receiving treatment. Here we met security officer Shawn Willows, who is the reason for my note. He chauffered us to the residence by pushing mom’s wheelchair, caught her when she almost fell while transferring from the wheelchair, came back early the morning of the appointment and escorted us to the hospital, then brought us back to the residence when it was over.
During this time Shawn was training another young security officer who witnessed an example of a kind man doing an excellent job for his employer. Thanks to Shawn’s caring ways he made two women feel comfortable who were both nervous coming from out-of-town for this excursion.
We also want to thank Dr. Husain and the nurses for taking the time to explain mom’s treatment. The hospital care was outstanding.
The Veteran and the Violin
When Ken Ellis’ violin disappeared during World War II he never played again until this year. In January when the 92-year-old decided he wanted to rekindle his music roots, veterans care music therapist Demian Kogutek put out a call throughout St. Joseph’s for a violin and two were donated. One came from occupational therapy student Lindsay Beharriell who was on placement at Parkwood Hospital. The other was donated as the result of a tweet sent by Mike Sealy, a primary care partner at Mount Hope. Brandon Hahn and his wife saw the tweet, and traded in their two older guitars at the Long & McQuade music store for a brand new violin for the veteran. “I know what music does for my soul, and I wanted to do what I could to bring that gift to a veteran,” says Brandon.
Sowing Seeds of Gratitude
Two Quality of Workplace Committee (QWC) initiatives this year helped colleagues thank one another for contributing to a positive, healthy work and care environment, and the response was tremendous. In October 2012, staff could order a flower of gratitude for delivery to individual co-workers, along with a note of thanks. More than 640 carnations were purchased.
Also on the floral them, the second event in March 2013 offered seeds for purchase and sending to a co-worker and more than 350 staff took part. Proceeds from both initiatives went to the QWC's Bust a Move team, 'I Pink I Can.'
Sisters of St. Joseph Awards
At the annual Sisters of St. Joseph awards, those who share the remarkable attributes of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph – excellence, respect and compassion – are recognized and honoured. This year’s recipients were: speech language pathologist Penny Welch-West, ConnectCare volunteer Doug Varey, occupational therapy assistant Lorna Hanley, and the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary.
In congratulating the recipients, Sister Cecilia Dronzek quoted author Ilia Delio, explaining that we live in “a web of relationships and just as we affect this web by our actions, we too are affected by it.” Sister Cecilia said she was struck by the recipients’ web with patients, residents, co-workers and their work.
"Woven throughout were threads of goodness, compassion and respect," said Sister Cecilia. "Know that your goodness and love for what you do have affected, in a very powerful and positive way, those around you and those to whom you minister. …This goodness and excellence that we witness and acknowledge here today extends beyond these walls to affect our entire world which is in such need of healing."