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CAREGiver Appreciation

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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.

We are thrilled to introduce to you our outstanding, award-winning, CAREGivers...

2019 CAREGiver of the Year- Marjorie

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"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." 

2018 CAREGiver of the Year- Susan

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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

NEW Marlene_CG Year 2018 resize.jpgMarlene (left) joined Home Instead on April 7, 2015. 

When she came in for her interview, it was one of the easiest interviews we have ever done! We knew immediately that she would be a good fit and wanted to hire her right away, which we did as soon as she passed all the requirements.

The words that best describe Marlene are: compassionate, attentive, reliable, and humble. Marlene is not afraid of hard work and more often than not, she will go above and beyond.

She is also a great team leader, stepping up regularly to provide mentoring to new CAREGiver and takin on additional hours. We are so happy to have her as part of the Home Instead Senior Care Family.

2016 CAREGiver Of The Year - Gayle 

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Gayle began her career with Home Instead Senior Care in 2014. 

She employs a “Can Do” attitude when it comes to facing challenges, but balances her care with kindness and respect. Her dedication in supporting client’s in her care has allowed her to very successfully gain the trust of family members. One daughter of a client feels that she is a “Gift from God”, because of her positive actions, empathy and respect for her Mom. 
Extremely proactive this CAREGiver will see a need and take on the responsibility before being tasked, she informs the office and consults on how best to proceed.

She has supported her peers by being active in WorkSafe committee responsibilities and volunteered on the Be a Santa to a Senior campaign.
This CAREGiver has completed over 1600 hours of care. She has a great sense of humour which is asset when work days are filled with challenges.

2015 CAREGiver Of The Year - Ruth 

Ruth 2015.jpgRuth joined our CAREGiver team on December 15, 2006 and has completed 7967 hours of service to our seniors!

She has touched the lives of over 75 clients, assisting with companionship, personal care, housekeeping, dementia care, meal preparation, laundry, medication reminders and transportation.

Ruth opens her heart with everyone she touches, her smile welcomes people with open arms!
Ruth truly does believe “to us it’s personal” when assisting clients.  She plans all her assistance with the client’s best interest in mind.

2014 CAREGiver Of The Year - Laura 

Laura 2014.jpgLaura joined Kelowna HISC in January 24, 2005, and since this time she has fostered excellent relationships with extraordinary clients.  

Laura is an advocate for clients in her care, ensuring that all needs were being met. She will go out of her way and remember the little things that clients enjoy. Laura’s warm approach, light hearted jokes combined with respect has enabled her to connect with her many clients. She always puts their needs as a priority. Because of Laura’s commitment to her clients, family members trust her and are confident that when they are away that their loved one will be in good hands.

2013 CAREGiver Of The Year - Sandi

Sandi 2013.jpgSandi joined Kelowna Home Instead Senior Care November 9, 2012. Sandi is our go-to girl:  she can be called upon regularly to do last minute requests and often works overtime. Sandi continually puts the needs of her clients ahead of her own needs.

She is extremely dedicated to her clients and goes beyond her everyday tasks. Sandi has worked with numerous clients with Dementia. She works extremely well with office staff, family members and facility staff to ensure she is providing quality care. She is creative, patient, fun, and understanding, which enables her to cope with the many challenges of the disease.

2012 CAREGiver Of The Year - Elsie

Elsie 2012.jpgElise 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.


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