Mary Williamson proclaimed 2012 Woman of the Year
Mary Williamson was proclaimed 2012 Woman of the Year in VWIB's Silver Anniversary celebration on Thursday, May 17, at Best Western Vernon Lodge. Mary was nominated by her colleagues at We Care Home Health Services.
Mary has been a Registered Nurse for over 51 years and states “You go into nursing for the love of the work, not the pay cheque”. Mary was raised on the family farm, became a 4-H member, and sold her favorite cow to raise her tuition for nursing school.
At the age of 72, Mary is still taking on new challenges and loves to share her knowledge and experience with others. In 1987 Mary opened the first private care facility called “Mary’s Manor”. Mary was always an advocate of private supportive living and founded the Okanagan Private Supportive Living Association and continues to serve on its board. Mary operated her business for 10 years before moving on to work with We Care Home Health Services.
She is known for serving seniors in our community through her “wellness clinics” and her expertise as a Foot Care Nurse. Mary was awarded the “Excellence of Service” plaque by the College of Registered Nurses of BC in 2010. In addition to her nursing duties, Mary has been involved with the Vernon Winter Carnival and BC Winter Games, as well as spending many years in Guiding and on a parent’s group for Scouting. Mary has been nominated by her “We Care” team.“Mary and I have been working together for many years, both as RN’s and I can attest that she is one of the kindest and most knowledgeable people I know. It is a pleasure to call her my friend,” says Fran Hart.
Pam Glinsbockel adds “Whenever I ask her to help me with an appointment she always says yes (even though sometimes I know she would like to say ‘no’.”
Cindy Lou Jensen has been working with Mary as a foot care nurse. “She is so kind with the seniors that it is heartwarming. You know that can always trust Mary to help you with anything you need.”