Among the dedicated and skilled staff recognised at Presbyterian Support Central’s bi-annual Quality and Innovation Awards was Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home recreation team leader Linda Lankshear.
The awards are held to celebrate and recognise the hard work and dedication of Enliven and Family Works staff across the PSC region in the lower North Island.
Linda was the runner up for the Going Beyond the Call of Duty award, recognition manager Karen Rhind says was very well-deserved.
“In addition to developing a wonderfully creative recreation programme, which she has merged between both homes, Linda routinely gives up her free time to ensure residents are not missing out on activities,” Karen says.
The Recreation team of Linda, Flo Noonan and Keryn Guerin won the Best Eden Initiative award for their ‘Garden to Plate’ project, which also received the Supreme Award on the night.
The judges said the initiative, which sees residents and staff at the homes plant, cultivate, harvest and make delicious food from their gardens, keeps on growing, creating opportunities for residents to engage in activities that give them renewed sense of purpose and make new connections.
In addition to cups and trophies, the residents and staff won gardening tools, gloves, stakes, brooms, seeds, bird baths, garden trolleys, vouchers, magazine subscriptions, flowers and morning tea for residents and staff – everything needed to keep their garden growing.