Haley Brietzke has worked with older individuals for nearly 30 years and wants others to know that the elderly are normal people who just require some assistance. And don’t we all sometimes?

Brietzke has worked as an LPN at the Bethany Care Centre in Airdrie for 27 years and she says her job still brings her endless joy.

“My residents are a wealth of knowledge, each and every one of them has a sense of humor to be teased into a smile or full-fledged belly laugh. All of them are so much fun,” she says.

She also volunteers her time to the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Society and the Airdrie Rotary Festival.

“It is of utmost importance in my eyes to give to your community to keep it alive and thriving, and improving. A community keeps its spirit when it is nurtured,” says Brietzke.

Brietzke was nominated by Brenda Moon, the 2020 Amazing Airdrie Women Awards Amazing Legacy recipient.

“Haley deserves this award because of the energy she puts into making people feel welcome, connected and valued, wherever she meets them – through her work in long term care, in her neighbourhood, in her volunteer roles, basically anywhere in her community,” says Moon.

“She adores the geriatric crowd and can often be found laughing and joking with her residents, helping them feel special, connected and valued members of our society.”