Frontline Worker of the Year Awards

The purpose of the Frontline Worker of the Year Awards is to recognize excellence in Home Care service provision in Ontario. In particular, these awards highlight the contributions of the Home Care Ontario Members in supporting paid frontline staff by recognizing an outstanding person in each of two categories:

  1. Care Provider (PSW, Nurse, Therapist)
  2. Staffing Coordinator (Scheduler)

The 2018 Award Recipients

Care Provider:  Sabrina Valenica, Integracare Inc.

Sabrina has been a dedicated caregiver at Integracare Inc. for many years.  Sabrina is detailed, thorough and accurate and her clients and their families can all count on Sabrina to be there both physically and emotionally for each and every visit. Sabrina supports her client’s care team and helps to educate the other caregivers on any changes in her client’s condition or medical care requirements.

Sabrina is kind, compassionate, caring and dependable.  She demonstrates great initiative and strives to help her clients achieve a more joyful living experience with every shift.  Her engaging positive, patient and pleasant attitude ensures that she can work with clients who have even the most challenging and complex care needs.  She has earned the trust of families and has developed great bonds with her clients.  One of her clients’ sons recently said of Sabrina, ‘she makes my Father’s eyes light up when she enters the room!


From left to right:  The Hon. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Sabrina Valenica, Integracare Inc., Lee Grunberg, Integracare Inc.


Staffing Coordinator:  Cecilia Dela Cruz, Home Instead Senior Care

Cecelia is not only a dedicated staffing coordinator, but also a caring frontline worker who always provides a high level of quality to her clients, and maintains excellent relationships with family members, residence staff and office staff.  She has played a huge role in supporting and empowering our staff.  Cecelia understands the “Seniors World “and also relays this knowledge to our caregivers, at the same time genuinely understanding and appreciating their work needs and challenges. Cecelia is aware of the impact her actions have on the care of her clients as well as her caregivers’ happiness. Cecelia is intuitive and able to see the bigger picture which is what enables her to be both a dedicated and successful staffing coordinator and care worker! As many of her clients have said, “Cecelia doesn’t just accommodate our scheduling requests but goes a step further and always asks if there’s anything more we need”.


From Left to Right:  The Hon. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Cecilia Dela Cruz, Home Instead Senior Care, Brenda Enright, Home Instead Senior Care, Phyllis Hegstrom, Home Instead Senior Care.


The 2017 Award Recipients

Care Provider: Sylvia Bradbury, Companion, Right at Home Canada, Georgian Triangle

Sylvia always goes above and beyond in every aspect of her caregiving. She became a professional caregiver after being the primary caregiver for her late husband in the last few years of his life. She treats all the people she cares for with the same compassion as she did for him. Everywhere she goes she brightens the room with her smile and lovely demeanor. No task is too big or small for Sylvia, she is always able to find the positives even in some difficult situations. 

Sylvia is punctual, impeccable and reliable. Her documentation is detailed and accurate. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities. Sylvia is the family when the family is not able to be there.

Sylvia Bradbury

From left to right:  Sue VanderBent (CEO, Home Care Ontario), Nancy Esson, (Owner & Client Relations, Right at Home Canada), Sylvia Bradbury, Care Provider (Right at Home Canada), Adrienne Wood,(Owner, Right at Home Canada –Georgian Triangle), Linda Knight, (Board Chair, Home Care Ontario)


Staffing Coordinator: Janis Collins, Staffing Coordinator, CBI Home Health, Guelph

Janis is a steady, reliable member of the CBI team. Janis coordinates therapy service for CBI’s adult occupational therapy program. Demands on her are high as many referrals are urgent or time specific and are spread out across a vast geography. She is consistently calm and composed and never loses focus on the client experience. She is patient even when required to repeat information for a client. She is respected so much by her team of therapists and callers appreciate her patient and calm demeanour and helpfulness.

Janis has coordinated the Big Bike Ride Heart and Stroke fundraiser for the office team over the last two summers. Her motivation was to bring the team together with a common goal of helping others. She is also an active volunteer outside of work with many organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

Janis Collins
From left to right: Sue VanderBent (CEO, Home Care Ontario), Janis Collins (Staffing Coordinator, CBI Home Health), Tracy Shonk-Lacey (OT Practice Leader, CBI Home Health), Linda Knight (Board Chair, Home Care Ontario)
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