Roberta Place

(705) 733-3231 - 503 Essa Rd. Barrie, Ontario

Celebrating Linda Willis

OLTCA Circle of Excellence Recipient

Roberta Place - Barrie, Long Term Care

Written By Samantha Pierson

Linda has been a kind-hearted addition to the Roberta Place family of volunteers since 2011. She began her volunteering experience as a pet therapy volunteer with St. John in 1999, bringing her two dogs Bailie and Molly to visit with the residents of Roberta Place.  Linda thoughtfully ensured that all five home areas were visited on a weekly basis with one of her sweet miniature schnauzers.

Sadly, Linda’s beloved schnauzers have passed on, but the residents and staff of Roberta Place will always remember them fondly and appreciate the joy they brought to our community. In 2014, we welcomed her new pet therapy dog, Crissy to our family. We are thankful and gracious for the happiness and genuine compassion shown by Linda and all of her furry friends.

Over time, Linda has forged significant friendships with several of our folks, offering her kindness to those who desire social company and emotional nourishment. She pays many one-on-one visits to her friends at Roberta Place, alternating days so that she can spend time with her regular folks. She also kindly offers to do clothing mending/alterations for residents. With Linda at hand, buttons and seams are always in good repair. She has even thoughtfully adapted some unique clothing to suit the specific needs of individuals with mobility issues. Further, Linda acknowledges and nourishes the personal interests of her friends here at Roberta Place, regularly visiting a resident to discuss the stock market, since she has the interest and the knowledge to do so.

Linda has shared her compassion in so many ways, and whenever there is a need for extra volunteers, she is enthusiastic to offer her time. Linda’s sense of kindness and support is irreplaceable among our residents, families and staff. We are deeply thankful for her presence at Roberta Place, and our community looks forward to the continued company of Linda and Crissy in the future. 

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