November - December, 2008
Along the Coast
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Labrador West’s Continuing Care Clinic Offers Continuity of Care
November 2008 marked a one-year anniversary for the Continuing
Care Clinic at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital, and both
clients and staff alike are expressing that improvements in service have
been realized as a result of this new initiative in Labrador West.
The Continuing Care Clinic was designed to help tailor services to
meet the needs of clients with chronic medical conditions that required
frequent trips to the local hospital. While the clients require close
contact with the hospital, their conditions are non-emergent. This
previously meant long waiting times in the local Emergency Room.
These same clients now visit the Continuing Care Clinic, where they
receive services on a walk-in basis in an area more conducive to non-
emergency care, reflecting the current shift from acute care to
community health and wellness.
The Clinic is open from Monday to Friday (8:00 to 10:00 a.m.),
providing long term injections (e.g., Vitamin B12), certain types of IV
Brenda Letto (left), Community Health Nurse with Sadie Martin at the
Continuing Care Clinic, CWJMH.
therapy, port flushes, wound care and dressing changes, and staple and
suture removal. Home visits are also provided for non-ambulatory
clients who require these services. A physician referral is required.
According to Theresa Dyson, Regional Director of Community Health and Wellness, the new Continuing Care Clinic has resulted
in improvements in the continuity of care for clients requiring this type of health service in Labrador West. “The staff at the Clinic
have developed close care relationships with the clients and are able to follow their progress more effectively as a result. This
means a better service for continuing care clients in this area of the region”.
Clients have grown to appreciate the convenience and the reduced waiting times they
What’s Inside? now experience. “I have been coming to this clinic ever since it started last year”, notes
Foundation Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sadie Martin. “I am always amazed at the care and compassion I receive from the nurses
Photo Trivia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 here. This clinic is very convenient for me; I get up, start my day, head to the clinic to get
Building Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 my dressing changed and continue on with the rest of my day. It’s the best thing that
Trivia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 could have happened”.
Service Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Clarence Williams agrees. He is very grateful for the care he has received at the Clinic
Around the Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 this past year. “I had to have an operation on my leg”, he says. “I was downhearted and
Season of Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 giving up, but after attending this Clinic, I soon found out that if you went all around the
Friends of Along the Coast . . . . . . . . . .7 world, you could not find better nurses”.
Christmas Memories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 The Continuing Care Clinic nursing staff note that the long-term relationships they have
From the Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 formed with their clients have not only built trust and mutual respect, but have also led to
Professional Development . . . . . . . . .16 efficiencies in the way they deliver services. “The greatest benefit is the continuity of care”,
Retirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
says Brenda Letto, Community Health Nurse. “We really get to know our clients. Since we
Comings and Goings . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
see most of them on a daily basis, we have an increased understanding of their needs and
Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
are better able to provide personalized care”.
From the Past . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
For more information on the Continuing Care Clinic at the Captain William Jackman
Memorial Hospital, please call 944-9321 or 944-9366.
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Labrador East Chapter
Partners in Care:
Innu Nation Contributes to New CT Scanner
Representatives of the Grenfell Foundation (Labrador East
Chapter) and Labrador-Grenfell Health were joined by
members of the Innu Nation Executive on December 5, 2008, as
they presented a cheque for $100,000 to the Grenfell
Foundation, to assist with the purchase of a new CT Scanner for
the Labrador Health Centre.
"We are very proud and pleased to assist with the purchase
of this vital piece of diagnostic equipment", said Grand Chief
Mark Nui. "Many people from all over Labrador will benefit
from this new, faster and more efficient technology".
Rex Goudie, Chair of the Grenfell Foundation’s Labrador East
Chapter applauded the contribution. "The support from the
Innu Nation will be instrumental in levering funding from other On hand for the presentation were (l-r): Mary Snelgrove,
partners for this equipment”, he said. “Our objective as a Grenfell Foundation Coordinator; Marjorie Learning, VP and
Foundation is to raise funds that will allow Labrador-Grenfell Chief Operating Officer, Acute and Long Term Care; Peter
Health to keep pace with advances in medical technology and Penashue, Deputy Grand Chief, Innu Nation; Rex Goudie, Chair,
we are pleased to have the Innu Nation as a partner in this Grenfell Foundation (Labrador East Chapter); Grand Chief Mark
initiative". Nui, Innu Nation; Chief Anastasia Qupee, Sheshatshiu Innu First
The Grenfell Foundation is a registered charitable Nation and Chief Prote Poker, Mushuau Innu First Nation.
organization and is the main fundraising body of Labrador-
Grenfell Health. All funds raised are used locally for the
purchase of priority medical equipment.
A new lift for the John M. Gray Centre
The Grenfell Foundation recently presented residents of the
John M. Gray Centre with a new ARJO Maxi Move patient lift.
The lift also has an integrated scale option which will enable
residents to be weighed during transfers.
On hand for the presentation were (l-r): Wilfred Rumbolt,
Grenfell Foundation Chair (South Chapter); Rosarii Patey,
Regional Director of Long Term Care Services and Zita Budgell,
Nursing Team Leader, John M. Gray Centre.
This issue: Last issue:
Q: Name the building in this picture. Q: Name the children shown
in this photograph.
A: These are the children of Dr.
Wilfred and Lady Grenfell (l-r):
Pascoe, Rosamond and Wilfred. (Thank you to Mr. Alwyn
Sansford of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, for submitting the
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Mental Health/Police Liaison Team
The Mental Health Team in the southern part of the Labrador-Grenfell Health region is working together with police officers
on the Northern Peninsula to build relationships, educate one another and keep lines of communication open. In other words,
huge steps are being made to bridge gaps that have existed for many years.
Back in January 2008, Mental Health staff and police officers came together to form a Mental Health/Police Liaison team. This
team is comprised of Mental Health staff members from St. Anthony, Flower’s Cove, Roddickton and Port Saunders, as well as the
Regional Director for Mental Health and Addictions, Ms. Deanne Costello. It also includes police officers from each detachment of
the Northern Peninsula District. The team is chaired by Janice Genge, Mental Health Case Manager and S/Sgt. George
Noseworthy, RCMP District Commander of the Northern Peninsula.
The team meets monthly to discuss particular case situations and other concerns and is currently working on developing a
revised Memorandum of Understanding, which will result in a new process for information sharing. Education is also a major
component and the team incorporates team
development workshops for this purpose. The goal is to
achieve an optimal working relationship by gaining a
greater appreciation and awareness of each others
professions, roles and responsibilities.
As far as members are aware, this team is the first of its
kind in the province and they are very pleased with their
success thus far. The establishment of the team has
brought forward many changes in the working
relationship and understanding of roles. As a result, team
members feel they are now collectively providing a better
service to both clients and communities.
Janice Genge, B.S.W., R.S.W
Mental Health Case Manager
Members of the Mental Health/Police Liaison team: (front row, l-r): Deanne Costello,
S/Sgt. George Noseworthy (Co-Chair), Janice Genge (Co-Chair) and Dr. Robert Pealing;
(middle row, l-r): Sheila Biles-Holloway, Tina Coombs, Tammy White, Rhonda Green and
Beverly Pittman; (back row, l-r): Dave Sparkes, Cst. Thomas Roach, Cst. Shane Clarke,
Lydia Van Niekerk, Cst. Phil Joudrey and Cst. Gregory Charlton.
Q: Who was the English Nurse stationed in Flowers Cove from 1947 to 1953? What building is currently named in her
Q: Name the house that the Rev. Henry Gordon once lived in. It was given to the IGA for the Industrial Department by
the Hudson Bay Company in Cartwright in 1934.
A: This house was known as “Half Beaver Cottage”.
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Harry L. Paddon Memorial Home, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
On October 30, 2008 several staff members at Paddon Memorial Home were presented with awards in recognition of milestones
in their years of service. Labrador-Grenfell Health thanks all those receiving awards for their dedicated service to the residents of
the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. Many staff attended and enjoyed the presentations, followed by an afternoon tea.
Paddon Home staff receiving service awards included (l-r): Williamina Mugford (5 years); Jesse Pomeroy (5 years), Wavey Bartlett (5 years), Kim White (15 years),
Wavey Montague (15 years), Dianne Whalen (10 years), Lorenzo Webber (15 years), Lillian Marshall (10 years) and Debbie Fudge (15 years).
Missing from photo:
Five-year award recipients: Tracey McLean, Melissa Yetman, Pamela Bursey, Kelly Dyson, Gail Noseworthy, Michelle Jacobs, Marilyn Attwood and Ed Morgan.
Fifteen-year award recipients: Gladys Peach, Robert Shiwak and Karen Gillard.
AROUND THE REGION
St. Anthony - World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day, celebrated on November 14, was created to raise
awareness of the diabetes epidemic, which now affects 246 million
people and their families around the world. November 14 is also the
birthday of Canadian Sir Frederick G. Banting, the co-discoverer of
insulin. This year’s theme was focused on the heart disease theme:
Get Serious: 1 in 5 survives. We can all do better. Today, only 1 in
5 people with diabetes survives heart disease. Early diagnosis and good
diabetes management can lower a person’s cardiovascular age and
considerably reduce the risk.
In 2008, Canadians were invited to join the Blue-La Hoop Challenge
on World Diabetes Day and help raise awareness of this chronic disease.
Blue hoola-hoops were chosen as inspiration for the event as a blue
circle is the international symbol for diabetes and the symbol for World
At the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital, staff were invited to an
event outside the cafeteria, where educational information, blood
glucose testing, healthy snacks and prize draws were offered.
Dr. Murugesan Kulandaivela, Anesthetist (right), “hoops it up”
for diabetes awareness, while Ethel Byrne, Regional Diabetes
Nurse Educator, looks on.
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AROUND THE REGION
Goldie White Receives Centennial Award The Centennial Awards, created by the Canadian Nurses
Association (CAN) in honor of its centennial, are a one-time
award celebrating 100 exceptional registered nurses whose
personal and professional contributions have made an
outstanding and significant impact on the nursing profession.
CNA announced the recipients of the CNA Centennial Awards
earlier this year, during National Nursing Week, celebrated
from May 12 to 18.
Goldie White, Regional Nurse II/Nurse Practitioner at the
Makkovik Community Clinic, officially received this
prestigious award in Ottawa, ON in November 2008. She
joined six other Registered Nurses from Newfoundland and
Labrador in accepting this unique award.
For 50 years, Goldie has practiced nursing in a variety of
community based positions in advanced roles - performing
deliveries, dental extractions and x-rays and dealing with
widespread TB. Goldie has been a strong member of her
Goldie White officially receives the Centennial Award (l-r): Jane Ellis, Acting nursing association, ARNNL and has served as President of her
Executive Director of the Canadian Nurses Association; Goldie White, Regional
Nurse II, Makkovik and Kaaren Neufeld, President of the of the Canadian
local chapter. Goldie’s leadership and commitment is evident
Nurses Association. in her contributions to her patients and the profession.
Mary’s Harbour Community Clinic Staff Say a Special Thank-You
While Ted Rumbolt will officially receive an award from
Labrador-Grenfell Health in 2009, as a part of the health
authority’s service awards program, his local co-workers
decided to mark the official date of his 20 years of service
with a staff and family barbecue in his honor. They also
chipped in their own funds to purchase him a new watch, a
reflection of their appreciation for Ted’s service and
commitment to the organization, the staff and residents of
Celebrating Ted’s 20 years of service (l-r): Alison Normore, Olive Rumbolt,
Robert Wiscombe, Ted Rumbolt, Lana Fillier, Stanley Rumbolt and Natalie
St. Lewis – Community Education Session
Earlier this fall, St. Lewis Community Clinic staff were joined by Ethel
Byrne, Regional Diabetes Nurse Educator, in hosting an educational
afternoon tea for the community. Sixteen participants enjoyed a cup of
tea and a healthy snack while discussing diabetes prevention and control.
Diabetes is a challenging disease and healthy eating and active living are
both key in prevention and management. The community of St. Lewis
continues to organize and encourage its residents to take care of their
health. Participants in the diabetes awareness event in St. Lewis.
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AROUND THE REGION
Labrador City says Thank You: Local Hair Stylist Holds “Cut-a-Thon Fundraiser”
On Saturday, November 22, 2008, local hair stylist,
Deanna Howell, held a 12-hour cut-a-thon to raise funds
and create awareness of drug abuse. Ms. Howell
donated $500 to Mental Health and Addictions Services,
Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital. Labrador-
Grenfell Health thanks Ms. Howell for her generous
contribution and for her interest in helping provide
services to Mental Health and Addictions clients.
Ozette Simpson, COO West (left) and Dena Hobbs,
Addictions Coordinator (centre) accept a cheque from
Deanna Howell, hair stylist in Labrador West.
St. Anthony - Introducing Youth to Health Careers
On Wednesday, November 5, 2008, several grade nine students from
Harriot Curtis Collegiate spent the day at various departments at the
Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital and Mission Store, St. Anthony. As a
part of the annual national Take Our Kids to Work Day event, the students
had an opportunity to experience a wide variety of job and career
options in the health and community services fields.
The Take Our Kids to Work program illustrates the importance of
education, skills development and training while giving students the
opportunity to experience the world of work and the variety of career
opportunities that await them.
Among those participating in Take our Kids to Work at Curtis Memorial
Hospital were (l-r): Agnes McCarthy, Clerk I, Day Surgery and Kristen
Patey, Student, pictured here during a tour of the OR.
Mary’s Harbour - Getting Prepared: Clinic Staff Participate in Mock Disaster Exercise
The staff of the Mary's Harbour Clinic, in conjunction with the
local Fire Department, RCMP, St. Mary's Drama Club and
community residents, recently participated in a mock disaster at
the community wharf. The mock disaster simulated an explosion
on board a long liner. This test of the community’s emergency
response was a great learning experience for all involved. The
team plans to hold another mock disaster in the spring of 2009.
A mock disaster is simulated at the community
wharf in Mary’s Harbour.
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THE SEASON OF GIVING
Christmas is always a busy time at local food banks. Once again, this
year, staff at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital
collected for this worthy cause. Staff gave generously and filled the
food collection box over and over.
L-R: Sheila Hedderson, Environmental
Services; Helen Picco, Health Records and
Ozette Simpson, Chief Operating Officer.
Medical Services staff in St.
Anthony each personally
contributed in order to present
the St. Anthony and Area Food
Sharing Association with a
cheque for $1050.
(l-r): Dr. Antonio Uy, Family
Physician; Dr. Kenatingal
Aravindakshan, Pediatrician; Dr.
Trudy O’Keefe, Family Physician;
Dr. Kweku Dankwa, Associate VP
Medical Services/Pathologist; Dr.
Harleen Singh, Family Physician;
Captain Raymond Janes, St.
Anthony and Area Food Sharing
Association; Dr. Hany Fahmy, Family Physician; Dr. Catherine Penney, Chief of Family Practice/Chief of Staff and Dr. William
Fitzgerald, Chief of Surgery.
Missing from photo are: Dr. Mahesh Guntamukkala, Anesthesiologist; Dr. Murugesan Kulandaivelu, Anesthetist; Dr. Ernest
Buitendag, Anesthesiologist; Dr. Hoi Kwan Lee, Anesthesiologist; Dr. Kofi Amu-Darko, Family Physician; Dr. Vara Mahadevan,
Family Physician; Dr. Sarada Paladugu, Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Dr. Devicka Roopram, Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Dr. Ravi
Vatturi, Orthopedic Surgeon; Dr. Padma Guntamukkala, Pediatrician; Dr. Peter Hornett, Regional Director of Dental Services;
Dr. Annie Hornett, Dentist and Dr. Stratis Touloumis, Dentist.
FRIENDS OF ALONG THE COAST TO LABRADOR
Thank you for sending ”Along the Coast to Labrador." My wife and I were especially delighted to read about the developments
in Happy Valley and North West River since we were there in the early 60's. One of the big problems then for students leaving
the High School in NWR was the lack of career opportunities and it was rare for one of the students to get to University, as the
Memorial University in Newfoundland was such a long way off. I even recognized a photo one of my old students, Paul Michelin
who is working as a paramedic. Reading the news from Labrador brought back many happy memories and we look forward to
With all good wishes.
Anne and Roy Leinster
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One-year old Daniel Daraei
enjoys a few moments at
the Nativity Scene at the
Labrador Health Centre in
Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
(Daniel is the son of
Pharmacist and Dr. Nemat
Employees in Labrador City lined up for a delicious
potluck feast on December 17, 2008. The meal was
enjoyed by all and was followed by draws for 32
lovely gift baskets, all filled with items donated by
First Christmas: one-day old Blake Laydon and his mom Vicki Hancock (LPN,
LSHC, Forteau) receive a gift from Santa on December 23, 2008 at the Charles
S. Curtis Memorial Hospital.
Three smiling snowmen showed up to help decorate
the tree at the Labrador South Health Centre in
Forteau (l-r): Ron Griffin, Maintenance Repairer;
Cornelia Linstead, Nursing Coordinator and Wade
Jones, Domestic Worker. Children eagerly await Santa’s arrival at the Staff Children’s Christmas Party in
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Staff in St. Anthony who worked on the Christmas Parade Float earned the
award for Best Non-Commercial Float. This year’s float featured GWT
(Medevac plane) at the North Pole.
St. Anthony Mayor Boyd Noel and Mark Wilcox of
Roddickton turned the switch at the Annual Christmas Tree
On December 20, 2008, Christmas spirit filled the air, as over 70 children of
Lighting at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital, to
Labrador-Grenfell Health staff in Happy Valley-Goose Bay came together to
reveal a beautifully lit tree, with over 4600 LED lights.
party with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. While waiting for their much anticipated
arrival, the children made sundaes and danced to the wonderful live music of
the Mitchell’s and Wayne Leblanc. Santa had presents for all the children. It
was a delightful party enjoyed by all.
Joint Hopedale CYFS/HRLE Office Christmas Party. Back row (l-r):
Senior Executive assisted Aramark staff in serving a delicious meal
Denise Cooper, Social Worker, CYFS and Elizabeth Tuglavina,
during the all-staff Turkey Dinner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (l-r):
Community Service Worker, CYFS. Front row (l-r): Shirley Broomfield,
Bev Broomfield, Clerk; Marge Learning, VP and Chief Operating
HRLE; Charlotte Courage, Social Worker, CYFS and Tabea Jararuse,
Officer, Acute and Long Term Care and Boyd Rowe, Chief Executive
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On December 11, 2008, Management Staff at the Captain William Jackman Memorial
Lori Winsor, Stenographer at the Captain William Hospital in Labrador City served a delicious turkey dinner to the staff (l-r): Josée
Jackman Memorial Hospital, proudly displays a Morel, Environmental Services Manager (Aramark); Sandy Penney, Regional Clinical
stocking she won during the annual stocking draw. Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Services; Heather Leriche, Manager,
Each year, employees at the hospital drop off an Budgeting and Lorraine Mitchell, Regional Director, Employee Development,
item valued at $5 to the hospital Swichboard. Each Training & Health.
person who contributes has their name entered in a
draw for one of three stockings that are awarded
shortly before Christmas.
At the Labrador South Health Centre in Forteau, Rev. Norman Cutler, Mental
Health Nurse (left) was joined by community members Balfour and Netia
Maggie Angnatok, Regional Nurse I at the Nain Community Hancock, in lighting candles for the National Day of Remembrance for Action
Clinic poses with Santa. on Violence Against Women.
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Charlottetown Community Clinic staff held their Christmas party
Food Services and Environmental Services staff in Happy Valley-Goose
on December 20, 2008 (l-r): Carl Kippenhuck, Maintenance
Bay enjoy a meal together at the Staff Turkey Dinner (left, front to
Repairer; Brenda Ash, Casual Nurse; Marilyn Kippenhuck,
back): Marion Hedderson, Cook and Kim Wheaton, Food Service
Regional Nurse II; Ella Marshall, Personal Care Attendant - Relief
Worker I; (right, front to back): Elva Martin, Cook; Wanda Dyson, Food
and Darrell Turnbull, Maintenance Repairer – Relief.
Service Worker; Crystal Pike, Food Service Worker; Bernadette Carew,
Domestic Worker and Marie Campbell, Domestic Worker.
Employees at Paddon Home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay participated in a Dr. Ali Hadi, Family Physician, helps decorate the tree at the
staff Christmas Carol Sing-Along (l-r): Lorenzo Webber, Sally Penney, Labrador South Health Centre in Forteau.
Vivian Davis, Cindy Barrett, Beth Sparkes and Ann Wells.
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FROM THE HOMES
Harry L. Paddon Memorial Home
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
A Trip To The Cabin
Earlier this fall, residents at Paddon Home went on a day trip to Cindy Barrett’s Our Halloween Party
cabin. Cindy is a Food Service Worker at the Home. The residents thoroughly A Halloween Party held at the Paddon Home was
enjoyed the scenic drive and the meal served at the cabin. The residents and enjoyed by staff and residents alike, with
staff thank Cindy for sharing her cabin for the event. entertainment, games, costumes and great food.
Enjoying a meal up at the cabin (l-r): Dorothy Fequet, Juliana
Lidd, Abel Lidd, Bella Gear, Rhoda Voisey and Eliza Edmunds. Shown here are residents Daphne
Mesher (right) and Rhoda Voisey, who
donned their Halloween hats for the
Getting Ready for Christmas A Visit From
In early December, Santa’s elves at the Paddon Home were busy preparing for The Aboriginal Family Centre
Christmas. The staff had lots of fun filling the residents’ stockings for Christmas On December 9, 2008, residents were pleased to have the
Eve. For the past several years, the staff have given approximately 90% of their Aboriginal Family Centre visit the Paddon Home and join with
casual day funds toward this purpose (i.e., staff pay into a fund in order to wear them in a Christmas Carol sing-along.
their jeans on Fridays). The staff are both very pleased and honored to put the
money to such good use and hope to continue this practice for many years. A
special thank-you is extended to all the staff at Paddon Home for contributing
and helping with this worthwhile cause.
The Christmas stockings are filled with special gifts for residents
(l-r): Chloe LaLonde (Katimavik Volunteer), Steven Janes, Nicole
Resident Horace Blake chats with a child
Bulgin, Sally Penney, Janet Hamel, Karen Gillard, Kim White and
from the Aboriginal Family Centre.
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FROM THE HOMES
Harry L. Paddon Memorial Home
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Music and Friends Girl Guides Pay a Visit
On December 10, 2008 the residents of Paddon Memorial Home enjoyed a wonderful On December 18, 2008, Girl Guide leaders and
evening of music from several talented local singers and musicians. The Home was filled participants dropped by Paddon Home to perform a
with family and friends from the community to listen to the Hospital Auxiliary carol sing- variety of Christmas carols for the residents. Their visit
along. This is an annual fundraiser where people pledge money to request a song in was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
memory of a loved one. Through this event, the Auxiliary has been able to purchase
medical equipment and items for the residents of the Paddon Home. Many thanks go
out to the Hospital Auxiliary for continuing with this worthwhile cause, to all the
generous people who made pledges, to the performers and all others who helped make
this evening such a success.
Participating in the carol sing-along were (l-r): Betty Learning, Aiden
Clark, Cathy Lane, Seymore Green and Pearl Baikie.
Annual German Party
The annual Christmas German Party, hosted by the German Air Force Foundation, was
held on December 17, 2008, with 22 Paddon Home residents attending. They were
treated to lunch and dessert, carols, musical entertainment and gifts from Santa.
Santa makes an appearance at the German Party (l-r): Lorraine Saunders, Mary Ann
Noah, Santa and Daphne Mesher.
Long Term Health Care Unit, Forteau
Halloween Party Christmas Wreaths
Staff, local paramedics and their children donned their Halloween Residents and staff alike worked to craft Christmas wreaths
costumes for a Halloween Party for the Long Term Care residents at the for the Labrador South Health Centre (l-r): William
Labrador South Health Centre. They really appreciated the visitors, who Kippenhuck; Mina Buckle; Kay Buckle, LPN; Olivia Bowering
participated with them in an afternoon filled with music and great food. and Darlene Marshall, LPN.
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FROM THE HOMES
John M. Gray Centre, St. Anthony
Annual Seniors’ Social Family Resource Centre visits the residents for Halloween
A special thank-you is extended to the Royal Canadian Legion in In late October, residents were delighted to receive a visit from children at the
St. Anthony for planning a terrific Seniors’ Social event again this Family Resource Centre in St. Anthony. The little children, dressed in their various
year. In early November, residents thoroughly enjoyed an old Halloween costumes, brought smiles to the residents’ faces. Each child received a
fashioned jiggs dinner, along with an afternoon filled with treat bag, prepared by the residents.
traditional Newfoundland tunes and dancing.
Teena Patey, OT/PT Assistant (centre), talks with the children, as they receive
treat bags from the residents (clockwise, l-r): Edna Pilgrim, Rosana Kinsella,
Albert Rumbolt, Jessie Elliott, Ethel Penney, Susanna Stevens and Rebecca
Attending the Annual Seniors’ Social were residents (clockwise, l- Decorating the Tree
r): Isaac Toope, Flossie Cassell, Bruce Martin, Henry Genge, Llewlyn The sounds of Christmas music filled the air as residents and
Taylor and friend Lucy Smith. staff decorated the tree.
Making Ornaments for the Tree
The rich smell of cinnamon filled the John M. Gray Centre as residents made colorful
gingerbread ornaments to place on the Christmas tree. Residents enjoyed the
activity to the fullest.
Preparing and displaying the ornaments are (front, l-r): Ada Pynn and Flossie Cassell; Shown here are Nadine Calloway (Social Worker) and residents
(back, l-r): Boyd Pilgrim, Beatrice Simms, Jessie Elliott, Rebecca Gaulton, Llewelyn Llewelyn Taylor and Ada Pynn, as they enjoyed the spirit of the
Taylor and Lucy Smith. season.
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FROM THE HOMES
John M. Gray Centre, St. Anthony
Candlelight and Tree Lighting Service A Visit from Santa
A Candlelight and Tree Lighting Service was held at the John M. On December 13, 2008, volunteers from the Lion’s Club, along with Santa and local
Gray Centre on December 15, 2008. A large circle of staff, musicians, visited the John M. Gray Centre to spread some holiday cheer. The
residents, families and clergy gathered to remember and honor residents especially enjoyed the traditional music and treat bags that were
loved ones. delivered.
Shown here are Zita Budgell, RN, Team Leader and resident
Bertha Simms, lighting the candles at the service. Residents pose with Santa (front, l-r): Jack Hancock, Clayton
Simms and Gordon Alyward; (back, l-r): Ambrose Curl and Cecil
Annual Christmas Party
When stormy weather prevented community musicians from
reaching the John M. Gray Centre’s annual Christmas party,
Labrador-Grenfell Health staff were quick to lend their talents in
the spirit that “the show must go on”. The residents were pleased
to continue with their Christmas party and appreciated all those
who contributed in making the event a success.
Performers included Barbara Molgaard Blake, VP
People and Information, on piano, along with
vocalists Heather Bromley, Recreation Specialist (left)
and Julie Nicholas, Chief Operating Officer (right).
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Early Childhood Educators’ Fall Conference
The 2008 Early Childhood Educator’s Fall Conference was
held from October 17 to 19, 2008 at the Canuck Club in
Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Fifty individuals from across the
region attended. This year’s conference was planned by the
ECE Fall Conference Committee, consisting of Early
Childhood Educators, Child Care Services staff and the
Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development’s
Regional Child Care Coordinator.
Keynote speaker for this year’s conference, Christine
McLean (Provincial Child Care Services Program Consultant
with the Department of Health and Community Services),
focused on the topic of creativity. Presentation topics
• Play as a Tool of Learning: Christine McLean
• Ways to Manage Stress: Kelly Janes, Health Promotion
and Wellness Coordinator, Labrador-Grenfell Health
Viewing some of the conference exhibits were (l-r): Jenny Lyall, Christine
• Autism: Leanne Lambert, Child Care Services Inclusion McLean and Helen Sinclair, Provincial Director of Child Care.
Consultant, Labrador-Grenfell Health
• Relationships with Parents: Liz Dawson, Health Canada
• Teaching Culture in Child Care: Jenny Lyall, Regional Child Care Coordinator, Nunatsiavut Department of Health and
Social Development and Kim Vincent, Operator of Ajagutak Center.
Funding for the conference was made possible by Labrador-Grenfell Health and the Nunatsiavut Government and through
conference fees. A special thank you to the following organizations for donating prizes for the conference: Labrador-
Grenfell Health, Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation, Special Link, Labrador Regional Wellness Committee and the
Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Child Care Services Programming Consultant
Fire and Emergency Services Training
Labrador-Grenfell Health staff from Community Clinics, Paddon
Home, Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital and the
Labrador Health Center recently participated in a three-day Fire
and Emergency Services Training for Health Care course.
Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Protection Officers Linus
Tremblett and John Smith presented an overview of fire codes and
standards, fire behaviour and evacuation of health care facilities.
In addition, they facilitated a self-assessment of Labrador-Grenfell
Health’s Fire Manuals. Participants also had an opportunity to
complete hands-on training with portable fire extinguishers.
Clinical Coordinator - North
Pat Kelsall, Regional Nurse at the Mani Ashini Health Centre, practices the
proper use of fire extinguishers.
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Emergency Training - St. Lewis
Staff in St. Lewis recently participated in an in-service on several pieces of Emergency Equipment. Practicing with one
another, the staff found the in-service to be both informative and fun.
(l-r): Debbie Rospon and Celeste Cooper, Regional Nurses, practice
using the warming blanket with Gerald Chubbs, Maintenance
(l-r): Annie Poole, Personal Care Attendant
and Gerald Chubbs, Maintenance Repairer
display the emergency stretcher.
FOCUS ON STAFF
Kate Bell Mark Regular
Kate comes to Lab- Mark was born in St.
rador-Grenfell Health John’s, NL and moved to
from Northern Ontario Labrador City in June
where she spent the 1995. Since graduating
last seven years high school in 2007, he
working as a Rehab worked at Walmart for
Nurse Case Manager. six months and then in a
Prior to that, she janitorial position at
worked in a hospital IOCC for eight months.
setting, primarily on a Mark has accepted a
medical/surgical floor. Utility Worker position
Kate has accepted a with Labrador-Grenfell
position as Registered Nurse (permanent float) working in Health in Labrador City, bringing with him the knowledge
Inpatient Services at the Captain William Jackman and experience he has gained from his previous
Memorial Hospital in Labrador City. Welcome to Labrador- employment. He notes he is looking forward to being a part
Grenfell Health, Kate. Best wishes in your new home and of the Labrador-Grenfell Health team. Welcome Mark, and
position. all the best in your new position.
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Edgar and Bessie Blake
On December 13, 2008, Armarak staff gathered at the Far East
Restaurant in St. Anthony to honor their colleagues Edgar and Bessie
Blake, as they embarked upon their retirement.
Edgar began working with Aramark (formerly Versa Foods) in
August, 1968. Over the years, he witnessed much change, having
worked with over 15 managers and eight dietitians during his career.
Edgar began as a Store Manager and until 1991, held responsibility for
ordering all the food for the hospital, southern nursing stations,
hospital boats and staff accommodations. He then moved to a
position on the food preparation line and became Food Service
Supervisor, a position which he held until he retired.
Bessie started working in the Old Hospital in 1963 as a Nursing Aide,
and remained in this role until 1965. From1967-70, she was employed
in the Laundry and Housekeeping Department. In June 1972, she
accepted a permanent position with Aramark (formerly Versa Foods).
She worked in the canteen in Outpatients for nine years and then
became a Food Service Worker in the kitchen, a position she held until
Larry Nicholas, Aramark’s current Manager of Operations, says that
he is grateful to have worked with Edgar and Bessie over the past few
months and notes that he and all the Aramark staff are certainly going
to miss them both, for their dependability, their dedication to their
work and reliable source of knowledge.
Harriet began working with Grenfell Regional Health Services in 1986 in the
Medical Records Department. During her 22 years of service she also worked as a
ward clerk and clerk typist in several departments, including Admitting. During
the latter part of her career she worked in the Central Sterilizing Room and with
the Housekeeping Department. As you can see from Harriet’s varied work history,
she was a very versatile employee. Harriet’s work ethic and reliability are second
to none. On behalf of Labrador-Grenfell Health and Environmental Services I wish
Harriet a long, happy and healthy retirement.
Manager, Environmental Services
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It is with great sadness that Labrador-Grenfell
Health, and particularly the staff of Captain
William Jackman Memorial Hospital, note the
sudden passing of co-worker and friend Herman
Woodman on November 11, 2008. He was 57.
For 25 years, Herman worked in the
Maintenance Department at the hospital in
Labrador West and performed maintenance work
throughout that facility.
Herman was the type of person who “laid low”, did not get involved with anyone’s
business, but got along quite well with everyone. He was always there to help out
beyond his work, whether it was a boost, a spare extension cord or a push when
somebody was stuck in vehicle.
Herman always beamed with pride at the mention of his family. He was a great
fellow and will be missed and thought of often by his co-workers.
Herman is survived by his loving wife, Darlene, sons B.J. (Darla), Sherman (Robyn)
and daughter Kandi-Lynn (Ian), his parents, Harrison and Annie, brothers Roy (Alma)
and Barry (Iris) and grandchildren, Cheyenne, Anthony, Sammy, Grace, Nevaeh,
Alighya and Miya.
Harold Butt and Colleagues at Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital
COMINGS AND GOINGS
WELCOME TO: GOOD-BYE & GOOD LUCK TO:
Flowers Cove/Roddickton St. Anthony
Sabrina Humby Primary Care Paramedic (Temporary) Angelina Bursey Speech Language Pathologist
Janice Northcott Registered Nurse
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Karen Brown Resiratory Therapist (Temporary) Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Connie Dyson Child Care Inclusion Coordinator (Temporary) Jennifer Bailey Social Worker
Robin Harvey Nurse Practitioner Effie Collins Personal Care Attendant (Temporary)
Donna Heard Personal Care Attendant (Temporary) Sara Evans Nurse
Maximus King Program Supervisor, CYFS (Temporary) Lillian Hillier Switchboard Operator (Temporary)
Caryn Morris Nurse (Casual) Melissa White Food Service Worker (Temporary)
Patti Ryland Community Service Worker (Temporary)
Niki Lynn Tucker Personal Care Attendant, Paddon Home, Labrador City-Wabush
(Temp) Helena Cranford Domestic Worker (Temporary)
Glenn Walsh Nurse (Casual) Catherine Kennedy Admitting Clerk (Temporary)
Corena Milley Domestic Worker (Temporary)
Labrador City Chantale Riviere Nurse
Shelley Cormier Mental Health Counselor Jolene Strang Nurse (Casual)
Sharon Sheppard Domestic Worker (Temporary)
St. Anthony Steven Voisey Maintenance Repairer
Maxine Earle Licensed Practical Nurse (Temporary)
Patsy Loder Licensed Practical Nurse (Temporary)
Arlene Parrill Licensed Practical Nurse (Temporary)
Jenetta Pilgrim Pharmacy Technician
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FROM THE PAST
Christmas at St. Mary’s
By Dorothy M. Jupp, R.N. - Among the Deep Sea Fishers, April 1949
This year at St. Mary’s, there were more people than the temperature was 15 below. At 8 there was Holy
for the last three years. The party for “children” (all Communion in the ward for the patients and the staff
ages) was held as usual and Santa Claus had a well who could not go to the church Communion, and it
filled Christmas stocking for each of 26 boys and girls was rather a thrill to know that our friends in England
and a little gift for each man and woman, too. After were going to Matins and in the U.S.A., they were
Santa Claus had continued his journey - to St. already in church for 6 a.m. service, so that around half
Anthony, it was understood - the guests had a small the world at least, we were linked up in worship, even
lunch, a few games, and went home tired and happy as we are all linked up in our work for Labrador.
and clutching the precious stockings with sticky warm We had our Matins at 10 a.m., to enable all to hear
hands. the message of King George, which is always an
The highlight of our Christmas festivities was our important item on Christmas Day. The rest of the day
church services. This year we had a “crib” set up in the was spent in fun and visiting until 6 p.m., when we of
Church Room, in a nest of spruce needles. We had the hospital had our Christmas dinner party. Selma,
new table linen and frontal, which were a Christmas the youngest member of the family, outdid us all in
gift to the church. There was a large congregation for the matter of eating. We played games and ended
Holy Communion at 12 midnight, in view of the size of with the story of “The Well of the Star.”
the settlement and the bitter cold night. The weather this Christmas was very fine but very
At 7 Christmas morning, the hospital staff and cold. When, very early in the morning, the moon and
patients were awakened by the singing of the well the Northern Lights and the stars and the first gleam
loved “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”, as recorded by the of dawn were in the sky, the picture was one to take
Temple Choir. Excitement ran high among our four one’s breath away. There was such a stillness that one
child patients and their efforts to rush downstairs in almost expected to hear again the wonderful old, yet
their night attire, “ to see if Santa had come back again “ ever new, song of “Glory to God in the Highest.”
had to be resisted until they had dressed warmly, as
St. Mary’s: Mary’s Harbour, Labrador
Matins: early morning or night prayer service
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