A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care of you and your family.
We reward our local CAREGivers with CAREGiver of the Month and CAREGiver of the Year awards to show our appreciation for all they do. Home Instead, Inc. also recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award - The Mary Steibel CAREGiverssm of the Year Award.
This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.
"Marjorie is always kind and always helpful. She's does things all the time that I never would have even thought of! Caring just seems to be in her nature." (HISC Client)
"I was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. The year is a closely guarded secret. I was raised on a farm and had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. After high school I just drifted around for a few years, from province to province and job to job. I moved to Calgary and took a course in data processing and worked for the school board, a bank, and a couple of oil companies.
Then I worked in the oil patch for 10 years. When I got tired of that, I went to Whitehorse, Yukon, and took the Licensed Practical Nurse Program. I worked at Cottonwoods and Orchard Manor, and when I wanted a change, I applied to Home Instead Senior Care, and have been with them since the spring of 2017.
By nature, I've always preferred to be around adults, partly because they all have interesting life-stories to share. All of my relatives came from Russia and the Ukraine, so I hear stories about life in the "old country" and how hard they worked when they got to Canada or the U.S., but also how much better life was here. I like going on road trips and have driven to Florida and back a couple of times.
I read probably a book a week, and have no significant other. I'm an old maid, just not a miserable old maid.
I appreciate how important Home is to most people, and I enjoy having the opportunity to help them stay in their homes safely and comfortably."
Susan started with HISC in 2011, but has more than six decades of experience as a caregiver.
Coming from a large family with seven siblings, caregiving was a natural fit for her as she looked after and felt responsible for her younger sisters.
After moving from Manitoba to the Okanagan in 2010, Boyko cared for her husband’s blind father, taking him to appointments, preparing meals and assisting with household chores.
She also read to him, allowing the former avid reader to experience something he dearly missed from his ‘seeing’ years.
The experience with her father-in-law inspired her to work in caregiving and join the HISC team.
“Everybody is memorable. Everybody is unique. Everybody is interesting,” says Boyko. “I learned something different from each one of my clients.”
2017 CAREGiver Of The Year - Marlene
Elise joined Kelowna HISC on July 6, 2009 and continually is our “go-to” CAREGiver when the situation needs someone who is able to provide complex, compassionate and respectful care.Elsie employs such calmness when assisting others that she creates a sense of wellbeing and confidence in those around her. Elsie also adapts quickly to changes to her work schedule, always putting the client’s needs before her own. She also assists clients with advanced dementia. Here again she recognizes the different behaviors associated with the disease and can quickly recognize how best to help these clients through their day. Elsie thinks of different activities to keep clients happy, challenged and physically active.