Years of ser­vice hon­oured

Ge­orge Butt and Colleen Kear­ley re­flect on lengthy careers with Eastern Health in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Eastern Health re­cently rec­og­nized em­ploy­ees past-and-present at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal for their many years of ser­vice, in par­tic­u­lar fo­cus­ing on those reach­ing spe­cial an­niver­saries.

Plenty of long-time em­ploy­ees of Eastern Health were rec­og­nized this past week for their ser­vice.

The long-term care fa­cil­ity at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal hosted part of an event be­ing put on by Eastern Health over the course of sev­eral days. The event, which takes place on sev­eral days be­tween April 9 and April 17, cel­e­brates the ac­com­plish­ments of Eastern Health em­ploy­ees, both past and present, for the ser­vice to the health­care in­dus­try. Sim­i­lar events to what took place in Car­bon­ear are also be­ing held in St. John’s, Clarenville, Bon­av­ista, and Burin.

Awards were be­ing pre­sented to up­wards of 445 em­ploy­ees who have reached 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45-year milestones in their careers with the health au­thor­ity. Like­wise, ap­prox­i­mately 380 re­tirees were also hon­oured.

The event in Car­bon­ear, held April 12, saw the long-term care fa­cil­ity’s multi-pur­pose room filled with cur­rent em­ploy­ees from a num­ber of ar­eas such as emer­gency ser­vices, paramedicine, nurs­ing, and many oth­ers. Plenty of re­tired em­ploy­ees were also present, and awarded for their lengthy careers as health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

Ge­orge Butt and Colleen Kear­ley were among the dozens of peo­ple who re­ceived awards and recog­ni­tion at Thurs­day’s event. Butt was for­merly the vice pres­i­dent of Eastern Health be­fore re­tir­ing, and Kear­ley just re­cently hit her 25-year mile­stone. She cur­rently holds a po­si­tion as a child health co­or­di­na­tor.

Both Butt and Kear­ley saw it as great hon­our to be rec­og­nized by Eastern Health for their careers.

“It’s nice to know that what you’ve done – your ca­reer – doesn’t go amiss,” said Butt. “It cer­tainly makes you feel like you’ve at least made some­thing of a con­tri­bu­tion, not only to Eastern Health, but to the health­care in­dus­try as a whole.”

Kear­ley, who was still go­ing back to work af­ter the cer­e­mony, saw the recog­ni­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the past 25 years as a health­care pro­fes­sional, and to ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity her, and many oth­ers, have had to serve peo­ple.

“Be­ing able to help and care for peo­ple makes for a very re­ward­ing ca­reer,” she said. “I see peo­ple here who are so vi­brant and ex­cited, even at 30, 35, 40-years into their careers, it just goes to show just how re­ward­ing it re­ally is, so these sorts of events and recog­ni­tions re­ally help us look at it that way. I know I’m thank­ful to be where I am to­day.”

The ser­vice and re­tire­ment awards are only a por­tion of the events and cer­e­monies Eastern Health is throw­ing to­gether over the next lit­tle while. CEO Awards of Ex­cel­lence, Al­lied Health Awards, a Nurs­ing Awards gala, and a Wings and Wheels Award cer­e­mony are all in the works as well.

While Butt is en­joy­ing re­tire­ment and Kear­ley is still look­ing for­ward to plenty more years to come in her ca­reer, they both agreed it was a pas­sion for peo­ple, and a gen­uine love for their pro­fes­sions, that has kept them go­ing over the years.

“I al­ways prided my­self in think­ing that I played at least a small role in sup­port­ing the peo­ple that did in­ter­act with the pa­tients, even though my role was never as per­sonal as, for ex­am­ple, the ones nurses share with their pa­tients,” said Butt about his time as vice pres­i­dent.

“What kept me go­ing was be­ing able to en­sure that the pa­tients, no mat­ter what they needed, were well taken care of. The idea that I could come to work in the morn­ing, and con­trib­ute to the well­be­ing of other peo­ple.”

Kear­ley added: “The pas­sion for me has just al­ways been there. I’m not on the front of it any­more like I used to be, but I thor­oughly en­joy know­ing that we’re sup­port­ing the health and well-be­ing of peo­ple. Es­pe­cially when I see a new baby – that’s what it’s all about. The peo­ple, and the peo­ple you work with.”

It’s that pas­sion both Butt and Kear­ley say is one of the most im­por­tant things for peo­ple com­ing into the in­dus­try out of col­lege and univer­sity.

“It’s a very re­ward­ing ca­reer choice, no mat­ter what as­pect of it you take part in,” Butt said. “As long as you keep work­ing to­wards that pas­sion and don’t let your­self lose the spark, you’ll never be dis­ap­pointed with what you do in this in­dus­try.”

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Ge­orge Butt (left) and Colleen Kear­ley both have lengthy careers under their belts as health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

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