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​​A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. ​

Home Instead, Inc. recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiver℠​ 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.

To view our CAREGivers of the Month, click here​!

2018 CAREGiver of the Year - Charlene M.

CAREGiver of the Year- GlenOur CAREGivers are leaders.

Charlene came to us with experience as a continuing care aid and a veterinary lab assistant. This combination of expertise in geriatric care and discipline in following routines and protocols defines Charlene's outstanding work. This CAREGiver balances the tension between personal attachment to her clients and selfless service to them. Her maturity and commitment to the Company enable her to keep this balance.

Charlene makes the most of each moment, pairing confidence and humility as well as task and relationship. She told us of a time on shift when she used a hand blender to make squash soup. Her client entered the room as Charlene lifted the blender too high. With soup dripping off her glasses Charlene relished her client's laughter. Living Home Instead for the long run depends on a balance between work and joy! Read more...

2017 CAREGiver of the Year - Glen B.

CAREGiver of the Year- Glen‘A capital fellow’ is a saying you don’t hear much anymore.  One of our uncles used this term to describe a gentleman who was highly respected, so when Glen's employment reference called Glen a capital fellow, we took note.

After completing a degree in agriculture, Glen was involved in sales and marketing, teaching English as a second language in Taiwan and then rural development work in Bangladesh.  Glen returned home to work in the oil and gas industry for the balance of his career.  In his application to Home Instead, Glen wrote, ‘I reached a stage where I wanted to work at something that would be rewarding and of service to others.’  His letter described knowing people with disabilities and the problems they encountered and ways he creatively offered solutions.  His goal was to alleviate seniors' suffering to improve the quality of their life.  We hired him as a Home Instead CAREGiver! Read more...

2016 CAREGiver of the Year - Bev A​.

rsz_1image1.jpg Let us tell you about Bev and why we have selected her as our Caregiver of the year!  Bev became a CAREGiver in January 2012 and has provided over 4000 client service hours. She has cared for over 50 different clients; one client received over 900 hours of Bev’s tender loving care throughout her highly advanced Alzheimer’s disease.  Three clients have received over 400 hours of Bev’s care helping them to manage life through advancing dementia involving hoarding, Parkinson’s disease, and high anxiety.  Our team has learned to place Bev where dementia and anxiety required a diplomatic Caregiver or in palliative and high need situations requiring the most sensitive touch. Read More...

2015 CAREGiver of the Year - Grace W​.

Before she applied to work with Home Instead Grace had raised a family and been a family Caregiver to her own aging family members.  She had worked in the beauty industry at the Hair Style Inn, which is now owned by her son.  However, the work experience that particularly jumped off the page to clinch our Caregiver job offer was the role of Manager at McDonalds Restaurant.  It was not just any McDonalds but the McDonalds on 22nd Street in Saskatoon.  We decided, if this woman can manage a staff team to handle the comings and goings in that public place she can do it all!  And that is what we are celebrating today! Read More...


2014 CAREGiver of the Year - Wanda W.

The person who is willing to be a CAREGiver for someone else has cultivated their gift of caring and tended their heart to be able to give over and over again.  After many years interviewing potential CAREGivers, when we meet a great candidate, we recognize when they have something special about them.  When a woman or man, who expresses interest in working with our senior clients, does indeed have what it takes to be successful, we hire them as quickly as possible.  When Wanda came to us after caring for both of her parents who had recently both passed and after a fulfilling career at the U of S, we knew immediately she was ‘the type’. Read More...

2012 CAREGiver of the Year - Muriel N.​​

Every year it is a highlight to celebrate the gift of caregiving and especially those for whom this work is a calling.  This year we are pleased to introduce you to the energetic, vibrant Muriel Nuesch.

Muriel is the mother of 2 sons in Saskatoon and the grandmother of Ella & Eric.  She brings to this career her experience as a nurse and the hardworking spirit of someone who farmed in Saskatchewan for many years.  Muriel loves to work with her hands and has a love for the arts.  In the spring she dedicates some of her time to work in a greenhouse and expresses her creative, European flair through painting, ceramics and multiple art forms, including volunteering at the Mendel Art Gallery. Read More...


2011 CAREGiver of the Year - Irma L.

Our nominee for the Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year Award for 2011 is Irma Loewen.     When she first applied to work with us in 2008, she impressed us through the application process as someone who is attentive, thorough and sensitive.  When we learned her age, we were concerned. We wondered if, at age 71, she would be able to do all the things we require of our CAREGivers.   We did not need to worry.   As we learned with last year’s winner, age is a state of mind.  Irma has proven to be our most reliable, resourceful staff and has served over 3000 hours. Read More...


2010 CAREGiver of the Year - Helen M.

Helen.jpgHome Instead is pleased to announce this year's recipient of our CAREGiver of the Year Award: Helen McCarthy

Helen embodies the highest values of our company; her indomitable spirit paired with empathetic care for her clients makes our Irish crackerjack an excellent choice for Canada's CAREGiver of the year, 2010.

Helen joined us in August of 2008 following retirement from an office job.  With her spirited sense of humor, dedication and high standards of care she immediately excelled as a CAREGiver, exclaiming, “Why didn’t I retire sooner?”  Helen is a leader in our organization who has provided over 2400 hours of caregiving for some 20 clients. Read More...


2009 CAREGiver of the Year - Sharon M.

Sharon.jpgHome Instead Senior Care Saskatoon is proud to announce this year’s recipient of our CAREGiver℠ of the Year Award: Sharon Miller.

Sharon joined our team in September 2008 and has now served over 1200 hours CAREGiving for the elderly.  Keen to jump into new situations as needs arise, Sharon has served 25 diverse clients during the past year.  She capably shifts from providing home help service to cooking, running errands as well as providing personal care, dementia care and palliative care.  She has spent nearly half of her hours this year thoughtfully caring for a client with dementia who has no remaining immediate family.  Sharon goes above and beyond regular caregiving as she provides care she deems necessary to this person‘s wellbeing, always without being asked. Read More...

​2008 CAREGiver of the Year - Alice A.​

Alice.jpgHome Instead Senior Care Saskatoon is proud to announce this year’s recipient of our CAREGiver of the Year Award: Alice Arnold

Our Saskatoon, SK office opened March 17, 2008 and Alice, who shares our pioneering spirit, was hired within a few weeks.  We were very fortunate to have a few early service requests and we set Alice to work.  Coming to us after two years of retirement and a career as a Care Aide at a local senior's residence, we knew that Alice was skilled and competent to care for these precious new clients.  And she did.  The first client that Alice served called us early the following morning.  They could not wait to call and tell us, "We have a perfect match!" and "Don't ever take Alice away from us!!"  Alice has joyfully served that client now for over six months. Read More...

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