A time for Giving
March 24th marked another great earth day. Seeing that we always receive gifts from friends and loved ones, I chose to give back. It was my greatest pleasure to provide lunch boxes to 60 of my coworkers at Kennedy Lodge. Due to the current pandemic (Covid-19), my birthday celebration with my work family was extremely important as it portrayed a feeling of hope and togetherness.
As an essential worker, I was happy to share my appreciation with the people I enjoy working with through both good and hard days. I can proudly say that the gesture was well received.
Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me and all March born.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CELEBRATING MYRTLE MORRISON
Myrtle Morrison is a PSW at Revera Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care Home in Scarborough, Ont. Myrtle was born in Jamaica and raised by her loving grandmother. She immigrated to Canada when she was 19-years-old to move in with her mother and stepfather.
Unfortunately, the relationship with her mother was not a loving one. She experienced mental and physical abuse. She moved back to Jamaica after only a few months but returned shortly after realizing she could find a job and move out on her own.
Each year, she returned to Jamaica to visit her aging grandmother, and while there she tried to assist with her grandmother’s care. But her grandmother refused because she thought she was too young. So, her grandmother had to wait until her aunt was available to do her care.
“It was hard to see my grandmother not getting the best care, so I became interested about wanting to care for others,” says Myrtle. “I had done other jobs, but I knew that taking care of the elderly was what I really wanted to do. I have been a healthcare aid/PSW since 1984 and passionate about it ever since.”
After living with pain for years and feeling too ashamed to speak up, Myrtle published her personal life story in in her book: “Mother Dearest, Imperfect Love”. She says she documented her tale to let others know they can be bold, speak their truth, and be strong.
Myrtle always likes to support her fellow members by hearing their stories and helping them with any of their concerns or challenges.
“Sometimes people just need to sit and talk and so I listen to their stories. They walk away feeling a lot better because someone heard them. I’m a helper—I spare no one.”
While Myrtle says she celebrates black culture year-round, its great that recognizing black history is at the forefront during the month of February.
“I appreciate our forefathers and mothers who have given up so much for our benefit today,” says Myrtle. “We are now in a time where we can have better lives and raise our children to have a better future.”
During Black History Month 2019, we are profiling outstanding black SEIU Healthcare members who are making a difference in their workplace and communities. If you have someone you think should be recognized, please send their full name and story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m thrilled to be able to touch the lives of my loved ones and those who are far away, particularly through my book, “Mother Dearest, Imperfect Love”. It’s a memoir of my life’s struggles, both happy and sad moments. I’m pleased that my story can serve as a pillar of strength to those who are currently in and going through tough times.
Motherhood Dare!!! 💕💕
I was nominated to post one picture that makes me feel proud to be a mother (Only one picture). Soooo hard to pick only one!! I'm going to tag some women that I think are fabulous mothers. If I marked you as one of the awesome moms copy the text and paste it into your wall with a picture and tag more mommies.💜❤️💙
In that moment, I realized that my legs were not my own...I was like a baby trying to walk for the first time. I couldn't feel the lower half of my body. I held on to the edge of the bed for dear life, faring for the worst. .. the reopening of my incision from the surgery I had a few hours ago. A passage from the book: Mother Dearest, Imperfect Love By Myrtle Morrison
Loved this comment--
"Sandra Barker I read this book, from the beginning to the end, I can't stop my eyes from crying. This is reality not all family life is normal. I try to vision myself in this situation, but the pain was too much to bear I had to snap out of it. Mother Dearest, Imperfect Love base on a real life experience of a child growing up under neglect/abusive conditions from her mother, stepfather, aunt and her husband"
There was a time when I felt that all that I endured in my life was something to hide form the world forever. I was afraid and at one time I felt I could not talk about it. I wanted to, but I was too ashamed. In the story of my life there are some things that made me cringe when I remembered them. Sometimes I thought about how I would feel if my life was an open book, fearing the judgment of others. But then I decided that I needed to write about my life, because my fears, pain and sorrows it's been bottled up for too long-----much too long.