Squamish General Hospital celebrated five years or more of service with VCH at a brunch held at Hilltop House in Squamish on April 11. Karin Olson, Chief Operating Officer for the Coastal Community of Care and several Coastal directors attended the event to recognize staff with 5 or more years with VCH, including Sea-to-Sky manager, Meghan Thompson.
Before everyone enjoyed coffee and pastries, Karin recognized and thanked staff for their dedication and commitment to VCH. She said many of them work in the community where they live, giving them a unique perspective – delivering care to their friends, colleagues and neighbours.
As part of the event, Karin also shared a few comments about staff at the event celebrating 25 years or more of service.
Julie Falconer first started in 1993 and worked for Coast Garibaldi Health, which is now VCH. She started part-time as a health unit aide and audiometric technician, but is now primarily an audiometric technician. She enjoys the outdoors and hikes when she can with her office mate Carole.
Colleagues of Donna Jones describe her as a very caring and dedicated community health worker who has with home support for 25 years. She is a strong advocate for the clients and has a client specific care method. Many of clients enjoy having Donna during the home support visits. She takes the time to get to know her clients and their care plans. She does not rush and gives clients the time they need and she promotes their independence as much as possible. Donna also is a part of the JOHS committee and is a shop steward as well.