Touchmark Strong Champions

Touchmark Champions are team members who exemplify making smart decisions in all aspects of their lives to protect residents and their fellow team members.

Touchmark at Wedgewood

7808007189

18333 Lessard Road NW Edmonton, AB T6M 2Y5

Badria El-Abry

Badria is a dedicated server at Touchmark at Wedgewood on the Dining Services team. Her smile lights up every room she enters. Residents know she is someone who cares not only about their dining experience but also how they are doing each day. When asked what actions she takes to keep herself, residents, and fellow colleagues safe, she says:

  • I typically am only going out for work, and once or twice a month I am at the grocery store.
  • It’s not worth it for anyone if I get sick. There are a lot of people who I would make life difficult for if I did.
  • I haven’t gotten sick, and no one around me has either because of my caution.
  • The Touchmark Value that most resonates with me during this time is Teamwork.
  • Treat others as fairly as you can. You don’t have to be overly nice. Be reasonable, be understanding, and be responsible for yourself and let others worry about themselves.

“You don't understand how much you will affect someone, so make sure it's always a powerful and positive impact.”

Touchmark Strong Champion: LaQueta Fuller
Touchmark Strong Champion: Rachael Mabior

Luchele Quijano

Luchele works as a Front Desk Concierge at Touchmark at Wedgewood. She is on the front lines at the community, making sure anyone who enters or exits abides by our safety protocols and has the support they need. When asked what actions she takes to keep herself, residents, and fellow colleagues safe, she says:

  • Wearing a mask was a challenge at first, but is now a ‘challenge accepted’ for me. I know the simple act of wearing one is considered a kindness, as it means I care not only for myself but most especially our residents who I consider family. I’ve missed showing residents my smile, but I’m sure they can see it through my eyes. When I’m out of the community, I also make sure myself and my loved ones are safe by doing the same thing.
  • I am motivated to keep myself well for both my family and our dear residents. As I work in the residents’ home, I know that I should be conscious of every decision I make to maintain their health and safety.
  • This is a collective effort of all staff in our community. Whenever I see my coworkers doing all precautionary measures to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, I am inspired to do the same. I am proud to be part of a virus-free, caring environment here at Touchmark.
  • I hold onto the Touchmark Values of Teamwork and Integrity when making my daily decisions. Everyone has a role to play, and every move we make should be a commitment to keep ourselves safe for the well-being of everyone around us.

“We are all doing a WONDER{FULL} job, and we will all get through this together!”

Sue Malick

Sue has been working as a driver at Touchmark at Wedgewood since 2013. Since the COVID-19 protocols have been in place, she has embraced a change in her job description. While still shuttling the few medical appointments, she has also been serving as a professional grocery shopper and delivery person for residents. She delivers mail, parcels, prescriptions, groceries, books, new TVs, flowers, and various libations, making new friends as she goes. When asked what actions she takes to keep herself, residents, and fellow colleagues safe, she says:

  • Wash your hands as well as physically distance, and wear a mask when you can’t distance. I use the same practices at home as I do at work; personal safety is my utmost concern for my family and work.
  • Motivation to me is remembering who you are protecting: residents, my coworkers, and all the associates at Touchmark. I believe we are each other’s best defense to minimize the risk to our community. We all work together to find new ways forward to help our neighbourhood remain safe while still bringing joy and laughter.
  • Change can be scary, whether it is protocols, procedures, or paradigms. By carefully following the safety guidelines in place, we can bring a sense of support and security during these uncertain times.
  • I am an Ally. I am here to help with any errand, gesture, or conversation that will make someone’s day a little easier. Helping residents and co-workers reinforces why I come to work each day.
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
    • This has always been a favorite quote, and as we go forward through COVID-19, I think it’s more important than ever to be kind and gentle with those around us.

“I am very humbled to be chosen as a Champion by my community, I work with a great team, and we always strive to bring happiness and joy to work with us.”

Touchmark Strong Champion: LaQueta Fuller