Gananoque woman wins workplace award
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Gananoque woman wins workplace award

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A 24-year-old Gananoque woman is earning praise for her work as a Personal Support Worker at Carveth Care Centre.

“I like being here,” admits Chelsea Welch, the home’s Employee of the Month for July.

“I started in the Activation Department when I was in high school. Then I moved to the kitchen to work as a student dishwasher. I enjoyed working in the kitchen because I could visit with the residents. That made me want to get more involved in their care.”

A recent graduate of the Personal Support Worker program, Chelsea finds it rewarding to care for the elderly.

“I’m here to do my work and spend time with the residents,” she says happily. “I really enjoy learning stuff from the residents and hearing their stories. It’s amazing what you find out and learn. For example, one resident was showing me his tattoo which only cost him $2.”

Known for her helpful nature and compassionate care, Chelsea is proud of the accredited retirement and long-term care home.

“There’s lots of activities here to keep the residents occupied,” she explains. “I think the home is very-well put together.”

Speaking on behalf of Carveth Care Centre, Assistant Director of Care Lynn Vereecken notes, “Chelsea is gentle, kind and a good worker. She is an asset to the Nursing Department and our home.”

Asked to describe herself, Chelsea replies, “I think I’m easygoing and very laid back. My coworkers say I help a lot which means a lot to me because if something doesn’t get done, it’s the residents who suffer.”

When she’s not at work, Chelsea can be found fishing or spending time with her dog, Tucker.

“He’s a mutt,” she says with a grin.

Questions for Chelsea

If you could rule the world, what would you do on day one?

“I’d probably try to change our health care system so it covers medication such as insulin. It’s not right how some people have to pay for life-saving drugs.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“FLY! So I can see more of the world without taking an airplane.”

If you weren’t at your current job, what would you be doing?

“I wanted to be a veterinarian before I wanted to be a Personal Support Worker. But, if an animal came in and I couldn’t help it, that would have killed me. If I could have, I would have done that. I really enjoy animals and helping.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the kindness and compassion of Chelsea Welch. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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