Montachusett Home Care Honors Two Individuals with the Eleanor Gilmartin & Margaret Kielty Awards

Leominster, MA – The Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Eleanor Gilmartin and Margaret Kielty Awards.

The “Eleanor Gilmartin Award for Professional Excellence” was established by the Board to honor Eleanor Gilmartin, the first Executive Director of MHCC. The selection for this award is based on positive leadership, discretion, use of good judgment, taking initiative, exemplary performance, kindness, and loyalty to the agency mission.

Eleanor Gilmartin stated, “I am so impressed by the qualifications of those nominated.  They all have outstanding skills in their field.  The person chosen, Kristina Sanderson, received three nominations and I can see why.  She personifies all that being a case manager means.” According to Lori Richardson, Chief Executive Officer at MHCC, “Kristina is a valued employee and has been with the agency for over eight years.  She consistently demonstrates initiative, is a mentor to other staff, and works with “heart”.  Her positive attitude and commitment to our consumers and mission of empowering individuals to live with dignity, safety, and respect is inspiring”.

The “Margaret Kielty Outstanding Service Award” was established by the MHCC Board to recognize outstanding service by a homemaker. The award is named after Margaret Kielty, founding President of the Board. Nominations are based on competency, dependability, compassion, trustworthiness, and professionalism in dealing with clients, family, and staff.

This year’s recipient of the Margaret Kielty Award is Lydia Boateng, Supportive Home Health Aide for Associated Home Care.  For over eight years Lydia has exemplified what it means to be both reliable and dependable.  Ms. Boateng does not have one single call-out on record. Richardson commented, “We are humbled to have such kind and compassionate professionals providing direct care to our older adults in their homes.  They make the difference in ensuring safety, dignity, and respect for those we serve.  Isn’t that what we want for everyone in need, or who needs a little extra help to stay in the community?  Lydia exemplifies the important work that these warriors do every day”.

Normally, these awards are given out at the agency’s annual breakfast which a celebration of the important partnerships with local legislators, The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, our local Council on Aging’s and Housing Authorities, as well as our provider agencies.  Richardson stated, “Due to COVID, we had to cancel the event, but wanted to continue with the important recognition awards.  On behalf of the Board of Directors of Montachusett Home Care, congratulations to Kristina and Lydia! Thank you to all of those we partner with to make a difference for older adults and individuals with disabilities in our community.  We look forward to the day when we can gather together in person.”

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