Southwestern Ontario's peopleCare receives prestigious award

For second year company is recognized as one of Delloitte's 50 best managed

KITCHENER, ON, April 10, 2015 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, Kitchener's peopleCare has been recognized as one of Delloitte's prestigious Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.  This award recognizes outstanding business performance and innovative management practices.

"For over 40 years, peopleCare's success has been founded in four key principles, hiring the right people, building a reputation of excellence, efficient use of resources, meeting and exceeding expectations," said Brent Gingerich, President and Chief Executive Officer, peopleCare. "There is no question that senior care is playing an increasing important role in society.  As a third generation organization, we are proud of our history and future providing this service to the people and families of Southwestern Ontario."

peopleCare's front line team is comprised of over 700 professionals who focus on providing care to residents in homes in Tavistock, Cambridge, London, Kitchener, Stratford and Delhi.  Currently peopleCare is in the process of designing a new retirement home in London that will provide a multitude of options ranging from independent living to assisted care.

"For us, peopleCare is not just a name, it is what we do.  We care for and about people; residents, front line team members and the community in which we work and live," said Elaine Shantz, Chief Operating Officer.  "We focus on providing much needed services to our residents by engaging our employees and developing leaders for peopleCare and the broader long term care sector."

peopleCare's commitment to long term care was recognized this year through the introduction of an innovative employee engagement model, "Closing the Loop".  "The model empowers all employees to lead a project or introduce an idea where-ever they are in the organization," commented Elaine.  "The front line team is given the freedom to use their expertise to enhance quality of life one resident at a time."  

In addition, the organization recently sent a team to Ghana, as part of peopleCare's Beyond Ourselves initiative. Supporting a women's GROW project as a partnership with Mennonite Economic Development Associates, peopleCare raised over $40,000 (matched 9 times by the Canadian government).   Participating in the trip, Brent stated, "It was hard to know who benefited the most the women in Ghana or our team. Clearly the leadership lessons we learned standing in a soybean field in Ghana apply right here at home."

SOURCE peopleCare

Image with caption: "Brent Gingerich, President and Chief Executive Officer, peopleCare Inc. and Elaine Shantz, Chief Operating Officer, peopleCare Inc. (CNW Group/peopleCare)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150410_C7839_PHOTO_EN_14163.jpg

For further information: Karen Gordon, Squeaky Wheel Communications Inc., 416-997-9478, karen@squeakywheel.biz

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