Nurse Kathleen is a Star – official
Paisley woman Kathleen Weisner has been named Shine The Light winner for March.
Pinnacle Training, in Paisley, runs the community campaign in partnership with Paisley.org. uk to recognise individuals working hard to make a difference.
Sarah Furie, co-founder of Pinnacle Training, said nominations are open to the public – from friends and family to work colleagues or even complete strangers.
Each month’s Star will receive a gift, certificate of recognition and have their story told.
At the end of the year, each month’s nominated Star will feature on a 2019 calendar and a portion of profits from this will go to charity.
There will be opportunities throughout the year for businesses to sponsor the calendar.
Kathleen, from Brodie Park, was nominated by her colleagues at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital, where she is an auxiliary nurse.
The 72-year-old had previously retired but decided she was not finished with the world of work.
Having been employed at clothing store Cones, in Shawlands, for 25 years, she was made redundant and decided to enter the world of nursing.
She has been at the hospital for the past nine years and is a highly-esteemed member of the Day Surgery Unit. Colleagues of Kathleen, described her as“passionate”, adding:“She keeps saying she needs to retire but she loves her job so much she just keeps going.”
But it is not just in the nursing world that she is held in admiration. Kathleen, along with her partner of 30 years Brian, are both parents and foster parents.
They have four children and eight grandchildren between them as well as two boys, their foster children who are a permanent fixture in the home.
Her daughter Niki said:“She completely deserves recognition.”
She is credited with always “being about everyone else, never herself”,“a very caring person”and“chatty, with good manners and very helpful.”
Senior staff nurse Kirsty McHugh said“She deserves this. She’s amazing.
“Some of the staff were brought to tears with the thought of her being recognised because she won’t think she deserves it at all.” ● If you know a real Star in your community, email nominations in to admin@ pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk or to firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of why that person should be the month’s star.