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Temiskaming Lodge

(705) 672-2123 - 100 Bruce Street Haileybury, Ontario

MADA Month 2020

Temiskaming Lodge Celebrates Making A Difference Awards (MADA) With Fun-Filled Festivities

Temiskaming Lodge Long Term Care Home - Haileybury, ON.

Each year, Jarlette Health Services proudly hosts the annual Making A Difference Awards as a way to recognize a Resident from each of its Long Term Care Homes and Retirement Lodges for the outstanding contributions they have not only made over the course of their life but also within their respective Resident community. In tandem with these heartfelt celebrations, each of the organization's 21 Homes and Lodges across the province also nominate a Team Member who exemplifies our core values of care, compassion, respect, proactive accountability and responsibility for the prestigious Roberta Jarlette Making A Difference Award. The nominations are then reviewed by a panel of esteemed Jarlette Health Services Team Members and affiliates and one winner is selected and recognized at our annual Jarlette Educations Days event. While both our Residents and Team Members would have been recognized at three large-scale congregate events across Ontario, current circumstances have encouraged us to think creatively to ensure that these important celebrations continue to take place. This year, we are proud to share with you our newly-minted MADA Month, which runs from October 1st - 31st. Every weekday over the course of the month (save for Thanksgiving Monday), each of our Homes and Lodges will host their own unique MADA celebration and will come together to acknowledge the outstanding difference that both Residents and Team Members have made. Today, we are excited to share with you photos from our event, along with a bio outlining the unparalleled achievements and positive impact they have had on our Home.

Making A Difference Award Resident Recipient: Clifford Simmens

Clifford Simmens was born on October 20, 1953 in Englehart to parents Donald Hodd Simmens and Lillian Alice Simmens nee; Webster. He was the youngest of 5 children. His siblings are Bill, Bob, Donna and Pat .Clifford decided to stop going to school and went to work for the Ontario Northland Railway (ONR) as a Labourer. He then went on to do odd jobs, such as Pluming at the Earlton Airport. In 1977, Cliff decided to go through Gateway Learning in Englehart to obtain his GED. He then went to Northern College in Kirkland Lake and completed the one year Office Administration program. It was also around this time that he met his wife Maggie. After that he worked at Aidie Creek Gardens as a Bookkeeper and doing Payroll. His final job was for the Town of Englehart as a Labourer. This job consisted of raking ditches, sweeping the streets and sidewalks and picking up debris. Picking up debris was Cliff’s favourite part of the job because he would find interesting items, including money. Cliff was involved with the community. He was the Chair Person for AA meetings in the Tri-Towns for 40 plus years. He also assisted community members in Englehart financially so they would be able to pay their rent, bills, etc. He liked seeing that they were able to succeed. Clifford continued to be passionate about helping others when he became a permanent resident at the Lodge. He has been here for 3 years and has made a lasting impact on the residents, staff and management. Since living at the Temiskaming Lodge, Cliff has done many things to help out. He enjoys selling raffle tickets to staff, residents and visitors. He also likes to assist with raising money for a cause. He was our Resident Hand Hygiene Champion in the past. For this, Cliff waited outside the dining room doors at meal times and got each resident to sanitize their hands before entering the dining room. Cliff also likes to donate his own money for Bingo prizes, even though it is not necessary, he still insists that he wants to add to the prize money. Cliff has an enormously generous heart and is always looking for ways to help others. He meets each day with a positive attitude. Clifford is very deserving of this honour! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.


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