#People of Berwick- “It is a wonderful feeling when a resident says ‘thank-you’ with a smile on their face.” Maintenance Assistant, Nathan, shares how his role is a perfect fit for his life today
As part of the team at Berwick’s newest community, Berwick Parksville, Nathan is known as the “Jack of all trades”. Nathan is a retired police officer who moved to Parksville in 2019 from the mainland. While looking for a part time role where he could positively impact the community, he was drawn to the Maintenance Assistance opportunity at Berwick Parksville.
In his 10 months with Berwick, Nathan has certainly left this mark. Nick Lynch, Berwick Parksville General Manager says “Nathan’s happy go lucky personality resonates very well with the entire community, and no task seems to be a problem. He is a true asset to the Berwick Parksville operation.” Nathan looks forward to the variety and doing something different each day at work. When asked what he is most proud of during his time with Berwick so far, he said “I don’t know if there is one particular situation that I am most proud. However, there have been countless instances where I have helped out a resident and put a smile on their face or eased their concerns about something. This in turn, puts a smile on my face too!”
Being a part of the maintenance team means helping maintain Berwick Parksville’s state of the art amenities, which include pickle ball courts, a fire pit, pub, Zoom Room fitness centre, poker room, art studio and much more. Of all the spaces at Berwick Parksville, Nathan says the Theatre is his favourite. As a lover of watching Netflix and playing the piano, which he is currently learning to do in his spare time, he describes the theatre as a “really neat space” for residents to enjoy all kinds of experiences. With the full exterior construction of the building almost complete, Nathan is looking forward to growing along with the Berwick Parksville team and the wonderful residents that continue to move in each month.
Nathan describes the team he works with as “very cohesive, approachable, friendly, and kind.” He has “an excellent manager who (he) really enjoys working with.” Berwick strives to ensure all team members have the opportunity to bring their personal passions to their roles and Nathan has embraced this. His personal passions of gardening, home renovations, woodworking and fixing things are easily seen in his day-to-day work at Berwick. He also describes himself as a compassionate and respectful person and says he “feels these values are very important as an employee at Berwick”.
Nathan says he is excited for his future at Berwick Parksville with his manager, Dylan, and the rest of the team. “I enjoy the work that I do, and just knowing that I am helping the residents enjoy their retirement is motivating. It is a wonderful feeling when a resident says ‘thank-you’ with a smile on their face.”
Well what to say about Mrs. Paramjit She is amazing person, is that kind of person that will do anything for you, she is kind, friendly with a great smile big heart that makes you file good, personally i think that Mrs. Paramjit is the best representation of Berwick values, she loves the place and the residents loves her.
is always a pleasure for me have her as part of my team, amazing!!
What drew you to Berwick originally?
I like to work with seniors in an environment that upholds high standards of care. Berwick is a company that puts the resident first and treats their staff with respect.
How long have you worked at Berwick Royal Oak?
What do you look forward to most each day when you come to work?
I look forward to seeing my team and other staff members. They are always so supportive and positive.
How would you describe your role in the housekeeping department?
My duties include residents laundry and housekeeping.
What are you most proud of during your time so far at Berwick Royal Oak?
My relationship with the residents and staff. It feels like home
How would you describe the workplace culture at
Berwick Royal Oak?
Fun and positive workplace. Inclusive and welcoming.
What are you most looking forward to in your future with Berwick?
Continuing to build strong relationships.
How do you stay motivated on a daily basis?
Seeing cheerful seniors keeps the team going.
How would you describe the team you work with?
Very nice and helpful team
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The people I get to work with and the residents of Berwick.
What is something unique about you (a fun fact) that few people are aware of?
I don’t think most people know that I love making cards and crafts.
How do your core values align with Berwick’s?
Respect, integrity and hardwork are all things that I value and are in line with berwick.
When you aren’t working with the lucky residents of BRO, what could we find you doing?
I am a homebody and enjoy spending time with my husband and two children and son in law.
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