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Young kitchen worker finds happiness helping the vulnerable
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Only 21 years old, Amelia Moore has already spent four years of her young life working in the kitchen at Carveth Care Centre.

“I started here when I was 17 as a student dishwasher,” she says with a smile about her time at the popular retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque. “I did that job for a year and then became a dietary aide. I really like my work and I love the seniors.”

As a dietary aide, Amelia helps prepare and serve food to the approximately 150 residents; invaluable front-line work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve thought about going back to school to become a cook, but it’s not a sure thing,” she explains with a laugh. “I don’t think I’d be the best cook because I’m pretty clumsy.”

Speaking on behalf of Carveth which named Amelia Employee of the Month for September, Food Service Nutrition Manager Theresa Running notes, “Amelia started-out as a student in the dietary department more than four years ago. It has been a pleasure to see her advance and remain a loyal and appreciated employee.”

Amelia calls the award a pleasant surprise.

When asked about her future, she says she is content with her current arrangement.

“Because I started here when I was so young, I couldn’t pack-up and leave tomorrow,” she admits. “The residents and staff here have become my family. When I was younger, I had leukemia and experienced firsthand how it feels to be in a vulnerable state and need help. When I’m at work, I try to do my best for the residents who are in the same vulnerable state.”


 

Asked to describe herself, Amelia says, “I’m pretty quiet until you talk to me and sometimes, I’m pretty loud when I shouldn’t be.”

When she’s not at work, Amelia likes to spend time with her boyfriend and walk Dakota and Zeus, two fun-loving Huskies. She also enjoys spending time with family and playing the guitar.

Questions for Amelia

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

“I feel like I would need to take a really long nap and think about the things that I would change. I would need to be rested-up. It’s a lot to take-on the whole world.”

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

“I’d like to talk to animals. My dog talks a lot and I’d love to know what she’s going-on about all of the time.”

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

“I’ve thought a lot about that since COVID started. A co-worker and I joke that we are going to start a dessert company. I would love to be a CEO and professional taste tester. That would be the ultimate dream.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Amelia Moore. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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