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Creating Hospitable Environments

By Sherry Busslinger, Manager Site and Clinical Services, Good Samaritan Stony Plain Care Centre

This past November, Good Samaritan celebrated Joanne Pretorius as the winner of the Hospitable Environments Award. A Rehabilitation Aide and a Health Care Aide at Good Samaritan Stony Plain Care Centre, Joanne has been an incredible asset to our Rehabilitation and Nursing departments.

Through effort, dedication, and hard work, Joanne was able to and was able to secure a grant this year that allowed us to modernize our rehabilitation gym and make the surroundings more hospitable and inviting to our residents. The grant enabled the purchase of equipment, storage, and a big screen television for our residents. The improvements also made the gym easier to clean, helping with infection control as we continue to battle the pandemic.

In addition to the grant, Joanne also coordinated a plant sale to raise more funds for more rehab gym equipment. She reached out to the communities of Stony Plain and Spruce Grove to secure funds and donations for the plant sale, working alongside the Fund Development team and the site. Joanne spent countless hours above and beyond her duties coordinating and arranging donations, in addition to  transplanting plants with our residents as part of a rehab treatment plan.

On top of that, Joanne is a wonderful and thoughtful therapy aide working with our residents.  Joanne consistently picks up health care shifts when staffing is low, is always willing to assists with rapid testing, and completes the N95 testing in our care home. She works effortlessly to keep everyone safe.

Joanne truly embodies the caring and compassion makes us Good Samaritans. She is an asset to our care home and organization, and we are grateful to have her working beside us.  Congratulations on your award, Joanne. It is well deserved.


This article originally appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of the Journey. Read this and other issues of the Journey here, or sign up to be the first to receive the Journey online or by mail.