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Ernest Rutherford Kindness Award Winner

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Ernest Rutherford kindness award winner Annette Harrison pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Vicki McLennan, Shelly Gardiner, Annette Harrison, Amanda Poynter and Maxine Purdom.

Annette Harrison’s recipe for success is based on her absolute belief in the teamwork.

The enrolled nurse joined Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village in 2010 and has worked in both the hospital and the resthome.

She’s been nursing for over 40 years and loves going home each day knowing she’s done her best to make her residents comfortable.

It was her attention and commitment to her residents, along with the commitment to her colleagues, which won her the village’s Kindness Award.

“She is always ready to be available for both her nursing duties and caregiving roles,’’ one of Annette’s colleagues wrote.

“She’s an awesome team player and a bright, caring lady who we all adore.’’

Annette firmly believes that teamwork is what nursing is all about.

“I’m always available to help our caregivers if I’ve finished what I need to do and they need a hand. I believe in team nursing, we are all there for the same reason no matter what our rank or role. You’ve got to step in and help if you can.’’

Which nicely sums up what Kindness is all about for Annette.

“Kindness is being able to give without expecting anything in return.’’

Her love for caring for older people grew out of her experiences with her own grandparents who lived in the same town.

“My parents taught me about the importance of having respect for them, and for their stories and their history.’’

She says she was surprised to win because she nominated someone else.

“There are so many kind people here, I was surprised it was me.’’

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