Physiotherapist assistants Liz Martin and Koren Musson dig into breakfast at Riverview Manor.

Managers cook for Riverview staff members every Christmas

Employees share a few laughs over annual breakfast

December 23, 2011

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - "Put that in the article," says Sherry Baldwin, pointing a flipper at the Axiom News writer. "Someone said they were good."

In the background, her Riverview Manor colleagues burst out laughing.

Baldwin has been teased all morning about her cooking skills, or lack of.

But no one was complaining as they tucked into their breakfast of the bacon, sausages, eggs, a potato casserole, toast, fruit salad, juice and coffee.

Baldwin and her fellow managers Tisha Gaudreau and Faye Hetherington were making breakfast for staff members, an annual event at the OMNI home in Peterborough.

Gaudreau says even staff members who aren't scheduled are encouraged to attend the breakfast.

It's a way for management to show their appreciation to staff for a job well done all year, and a chance for employees to get to know co-workers on a different level.

"It's a different atmosphere. They really enjoy it," says Gaudreau.

The staff members received a small Christmas gift of a snowman mug with a recipe for snowman soup — hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The home's RAI co-ordinator Lori Wallace says the breakfast is "our way of saying thanks at Christmas time."

Once residents had their breakfast and staff members had a little down time, they headed to the activity room.

Easy chatter filled the room as they took a few minutes to socialize and comment on how nice it was to have a hot breakfast.

Thirty staff members were on shift that day, but it was expected that about 50 people, including students doing their placements at the home, would enjoy the annual breakfast.

To comment on this story, or to share how staff members are appreciated at your home, contact Deb at 800-294-0051, ext. 30, or e-mail deb(at)axiomnews.ca.




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