Wicklow Healthcare Assistant Honoured With National Award

Susan Dunne from Wicklow has been honoured with a national award for her work with Bluebird Care. Susan was given a commendation award at Bluebird Care’s i-CARE awards this week.

The company asked its 1,500 carers nationwide to tell their personal story of why they chose a career in care. All entrants were asked submit a video, poem or story to depict their #myicarestory. At a high profile event in Dublin, filmed by Irish TV and to be broadcast on Sky later this month, and presented by broadcaster George Hook, Susan Dunne said she was “humbled and shocked” with her win.

“I cannot thank my colleagues in Bluebird Care in Wicklow enough for their support. They allow me to do my job diligently and passionately. It’s a job I love and one I get great satisfaction from. My iCare story illustrates how much caring means to me. As carers we choose to do this job because we get so much back. This award is an acknowledgement of all the great work my colleagues and I do in every part of Ireland. But I am so proud to represent them and Bluebird Care.”

Greg D’Arcy, Director of Bluebird Care in Wicklow congratulated Susan saying, “As Ireland’s population ages and increases, there will be more demands on homecare companies such as ours to provide quality care in the community. Our healthcare assistants spend thousands of hours in hundreds of homes each week, providing necessary and valuable care to ensure that people of all ages and varying degrees of ability remain in their own homes, and continue to participate in their communities.

“Put simply, we wanted to showcase the great work being done by our Healthcare Assistants in every corner of Wicklow and indeed Ireland. We hear the feedback from our customer’s about how carers go the extra mile and we thought it was time to shine a light on that commitment, passion and compassion shown day in and day out by our staff.

“So this year we made 2015 ‘The Year of the Carer’ and have honoured our healthcare staff in our i-CARE awards. Susan is a remarkable person and her care story was told with such depth of feeling. We are delighted for her.”

The Judges
The external judging panel was made up of:
Eamon Timmins, CEO Age Action
Maureen Kavanagh, CEO Active Retirement Ireland
Stephen Cluskey, Founder GoAccessible365.com
Susie Hall, Committee Member Alliance of Retired Public Servants

Eamon Timmins described Susan’s entry as, “a moving and articulate tale of how care changes lives and how the smallest things mean the biggest things for many people who are suffering illness or ability challenges. Susan is a shining light in the healthcare industry and her story illustrates how important carers are in this country. I, along with my fellow judges would like to congratulate her on her national i-CARE award from Bluebird Care.”

Here is Susan’s winning #myicarestory

By day and by night I come and then go,
Leaving behind independence and happiness that my customers would otherwise not know
Unending pride in the work that I do,
Engaging with the old, young, infirm to name but a few.
Be they blessed with long life or have days that are numbered,
I love my job truly, I feel very humbled.
Remembering my role and to have a kind word,
Don’t call me a carer – I’m honoured to be a Bluebird.

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