Team Member Highlight: Cynthia McKenzie
Cynthia was acknowledged by one of our family members, who wrote to Cynthia’s supervisor: “Cynthia is always willing to go the extra mile. She brings towels or other materials when my mother needs them. The other day I saw Cynthia just sitting and talking to my mother and giving her some extra attention that she really enjoys.”
Kimkitta Cariah-Butler, director of assisted living, adds:
“Not only attentive to resident needs, Cynthia is proactive, regularly able to encourage residents who decline the help of others, and very much a team player. She cares about her peers and others whom she works with. She is always ready to support the activities program when help is needed and is great at it.”
Cynthia has worked as a caregiver in our assisted living neighborhood since June 2009. She has no interest in switching places with anyone else at Kensington Park because she says:
“caring is my job and I love the work.”
Her favorite thing about Kensington Park is “the promise I make to care for our residents.” Cynthia attends outings with the residents and also assists members of the photography class. She entered several of her own photos at the Montgomery County Fair last summer and won a fifth-place ribbon. She also enjoys working with children and used to work part-time as a teacher.
Cynthia has five children who are her pride and joy and she enjoys teaching them to sew and cook. Her greatest challenge, she says, will be getting all of them through college. Three have made it so far!
Loving, caring, and passionate are three words that Cynthia uses to describe herself. She attributes this to growing up with four sisters and three brothers who are all very close and she feels blessed to have such a tight-knit family. Cynthia enjoys singing in her church choir and says she is happiest when returning from services at the end of the day and going to bed knowing she is blessed.
We congratulate Cynthia and thank her for always doing her best and fulfilling her promise to love and care for our residents as if they were her own family.