February was Black History Month. As a caregiving organization, our Shannex, Parkland, Milestone and Faubourg communities highlighted the ways in which the Black community has and continues to contribute to the healthcare system and the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are happy to introduce you to some of our Great People whose commitment and dedication are felt in our communities every day.
CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Registered Nurse, Thomas Hall
Jacqueline attended Kingston School of Nursing in Kingston, Jamaica, and became an RN when she was 19 years old and she hasn’t looked back since. Over the years, she has worked as a registered nurse in various roles and has acquired clinical experience inside and outside long term care.
In 2017, she joined the staff as a casual RN at the Parkland Fredericton campus and
is presently the Long Term Care Facilities Coordinator-RN for Thomas and Frederick Halls. This role allows her to interact with residents every day, something she is thankful for and she considers herself blessed to be a part of a great team.
She is beloved by residents in her care, including Thomas Hall resident Mary Hay.
“Jackie always has time for me and when needed, she will pray with me,” says Mary.
“She makes me feel valued.”
Continuing Care Assistant, Parkstone Enhanced Care
Angela Downey can be counted on for a warm smile and a supportive hug. With over 20 years of experience providing quality care to residents, Angela has thoroughly enjoyed making connections with those in her care.
“It’s rewarding to know residents who don’t have family when they arrive in the community are happy to see me,” she says. “Our residents quickly become our family – it’s a wonderful feeling.”
From a young age, Angela was taught to respect her elders. As a child, she would spend summers with her grandmother and would lend a helping hand.
Angela currently holds the position as Member at large on the Unifor Atlantic Executive Council. As one of the two women of Colour to be elected to the executive board to represent the Atlantic BIPO members.