Michelle Duperron was awarded the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Advocate award at the Ontario Personal Support Worker Conference on August 27th, 2019 in Kitchener, Ontario.
This is the second year the association has presented this award to a PSW in Ontario. In total there were 111 nominations from around the province.
Miranda Ferrier is the Executive Director at the Ontario Personal Support Worker Association. She said something just really stood about Michelle.
“She was a strong advocate for those in her care and she works really well with her team,” she said.
Michelle, who has been working at The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Grace Manor for the last 9 years, is currently a Behavioural Support PSW and also works at The Royal Ottawa Hospital as a personal care attendant in the geriatric department, working with patients with dementia.
Michelle says The Salvation Army has always had a special place in her heart.
“I was a single mother and The Salvation Army helped me provide a nice Christmas for my daughter and I,” she said. “Today working at Ottawa Grace Manor feels like I’m giving back.”
“We are so proud of Michelle and the work she does at The Salvation Army’s Ottawa Grace Manor,” said Fawn Furey, Director of Care.
“She meets the needs of residents by organizing their care plans, checks in and works with staff members to make sure they are well supported, she works with the residents to help meet their goals and meets with family members and listens to their concerns and ideas. Michelle is caring and empowers others to do their jobs well.”
Michelle says she loves the work and she became a PSW because she wanted to help the elderly, especially after caring for her grandmother.
“My favourite moments are those when I am able to solve a problem with a resident and see the difference made in their day to day life,” said Michelle. “It means so much to see a resident smile back at me.”