The Pines Long Term Care Home’s new administrator is in awe over how welcoming the Bracebridge community has been.
MEET AND GREET..
The Pines Long Term Care Home's new administrator, Katherine Rannie, chats with residents during your official welcome on Friday, Nov. 2. Rannie is taking over from outgoing administrator Henri Koning. (Photo by Louis Tam)
At a special ceremony hosted by the centre on Friday, Nov. 2, Katherine Rannie was officially welcomed to Muskoka and the home by a plethora of volunteers, residents and community members. Rannie is replacing outgoing administrator Henri Koning, who has left for new career opportunities in the Niagara region.
“It’s amazing how welcome I’ve been made to feel by residents and by staff,” said Rannie.
Rannie told residents that after growing up in Sudbury, she has lived in a variety of communities across the continent, which include the United States, Attawapiskat and Toronto.
“And then our family, my husband and our two children (aged) 11 and 13, decided we really need a place that’s permanent,” she said. “So we went trekking (to) a whole variety of places around Ontario and we picked Bracebridge first.”
With experience at the local health unit, Rannie holds a master’s degree in health science in nursing, and previously worked in community health programs in New Hampshire. She told attendees that since moving to Muskoka, one of the first things she did was try to find a way to make a difference.
“It took a while to figure out, but I’m truly honoured that you’re all giving me this privilege to work as your administrator,” she said. “It’s so clear to me that the work that is done here is all about resident-centred care.”
Bracebridge councilor Steve Clement and District of Muskoka community services committee chair Fran Coleman were also on hand to welcome Rannie to the community. Community services commissioner Rick Williams gave Rannie a brief introduction to the strong reputation of the facility she will be heading.
“This place is a caring organization, it’s a living and breathing organization, it’s a place that optimizes life,” he said. “It’s one of the best, if not the best, long-term care facilities in the province of Ontario.”
Pines family council president Carole Fallon said her group is already eager to get started with Rannie on what’s next for the home.
“We look forward to having many meetings with you and sharing some of our ideas in the new year,” she said to Rannie.
Her welcome was echoed by residents’ council president Betty Nealon.
“We wish to welcome Katherine into our family, and assure her of our support in working together,” she said. “We can assure her we will work hard for her.”