St. Andrew’s Terrace nominated for employer of the year award 

St. Andrew’s Terrace was recently nominated for employer of the year by Small Steps to Success, an employment agency that helps women return to the workforce, at the Employment Facilitation Network of Cambridge and North Dumfries’ 10th annual employer recognition breakfast on Oct. 22.

For several years, the Cambridge long-term care home has collaborated with Small Steps, a 12-week program run by the YWCA Cambridge to help women who are facing employment barriers because of social, economic and educational hardships find careers.

St. Andrew’s Terrace life enrichment manager Sara Byma and volunteer co-ordinator Debbie Forget attended the event, which was held at the Cambridge Golf Club.

Byma recalls one touching moment at the event when a young woman who had received a placement at St. Andrew’s Terrace spoke at the podium about how the experience helped her on her career path. 

The woman, a single mother of three, spoke of the challenges of trying to find a career while being a full-time mother. Through her volunteer placement at St. Andrew’s Terrace, she said, she was able to develop new skills to bring to a new c
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“I don’t often think about the impact that we’re making on the lives of our volunteers – I always think about the residents – but in many cases we also enrich the lives of the volunteers, and that’s really exciting,” Byma says.

Forget adds: “I see people grow in these roles and they’re learning new skills and they’re so excited to get back into the workforce to support their families and have a career and have a life again.”

Sara Hohenadel, outreach co-ordinator at Small Steps, says her organization nominated St. Andrew’s Terrace for the award because the home “creates an atmosphere that provides a foundation of growth, useful experience, knowledge and self-confidence” for the women who have received placements there. 

“Every participant who has volunteered with St. Andrew’s Terrace has reported having an excellent experience,” Hohenadel says.

“It is without doubt that St. Andrew’s Terrace should be recognized and celebrated for their contributions in helping build sustainable futures, giving people hope and recognizing that everyone has something unique and valuable to offer.”

In photo: St. Andrew’s Terrace volunteer coordinator Debbie Forget (left) and Small Steps outreach coordinator Sara Hohenadel.