Whitney Center, a senior living community, hosted its annual employee recognition ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, June 18, honoring 27 staff members for 5, ten, fifteen, twenty-five, thirty or thirty-five years of service.
The employees that were recognized represent more than 260 years of service to the residents and the community.
“I believe that the heart and soul of Whitney Center is the collective humanity of our residents and staff,” said Michael B. Rambarose, President and CEO. “The longevity demonstrated here is a testament to the perpetuation of that essence, embodied by these committed and caring staff.”
During the ceremony, Rambarose explained that it takes a certain type of person to become an employee and remain at Whitney Center for any length of time. He attributed this success to residents and staff having found their natural place together, where they achieve a free and easy synergy that makes for a very special place to live and work.
“It takes someone who believes in giving of themselves to the service of others; someone with a strong value system; someone with capacity to appreciate that every individual has worth and that we all contribute to one another’s successes in life. It also takes someone who is willing to work as part of a team committed to community achievement over individual concerns,” said Rambarose.
Residents graciously served lunch to the honorees and ceremony attendees as a gesture of their appreciation and many staff expressed how meaningful it is to have the residents give their time in this way.
In his closing remarks, Rambarose told the audience, “We’re not honoring these 27 colleagues for having simply lasted here; we’re recognizing each of them for their unique individual contribution to our collective experience of the exceptional life here at Whitney Center.”