Lynn Zablotsky was awarded the Murial Jarvis Award at the June 14 Career Milestones Dinner at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Lynn Zablotsky wins the 2012 Muriel Jarvis Award.

It takes a very special person to bring joy into the lives of those living in a special care home and Lynn Zablotsky is one of those people. Lynn has been employed by Luther Special Care Home as a dietary aide for the past 13 years.

Her daily interactions with residents, families, colleagues and managers embody the qualities necessary to become a recipient of the Muriel Jarvis Award.

One of the letters of support included in her nomination package reads, “Her infectious smile and warm, caring personality make her an ideal candidate for this award.” Lynn can be counted upon to “make it work,” encompassing the qualities of dedication, commitment, tenacity, excellence, determination and wisdom, some of the sought-after qualities in a Muriel Jarvis Award winner.

Lynn consistently shows compassion to residents, treats them with dignity, and ensures that their dining experience is enjoyable. She respects and anticipates each resident’s need, always offers a greeting and a smile, and acknowledges each client by name (and she always remembers to wear her name tag so those she serves know who she is).

Her generosity stretches to colleagues to whom she often provides rides to and from work. Her humour can be counted on for amusing stories about her baby granddaughter. Through example and as a mentor, she inspires new staff members. Lynn is a leader who is gentle and strong.

Lynn was born and raised in Saskatoon. She married her husband, Ken, in 1973 and they have two boys, Kenton and Jeremy. Lynn and Ken farmed and had a grocery and antique business in Invermay, Saskatchewan for 20 years. She is supportive of worthy causes including health and safety in the workplace.

Another colleague says, “Her smiling face is always present and welcomed
by everyone.”

The Muriel Jarvis Award was established in 1998 by the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority to celebrate a Saskatoon Health Region or affiliated agency staff member who exemplifies “making a positive difference” in the lives of others by demonstrating a number of key qualities.