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Osakis Voices: A time to express gratitude

I cannot believe how fast the last year has gone. As we near fall and another year coming to an end, one likes to reflect on what the year has brought to Galeon. It has been busy year and I would like to express my gratitude for those individuals that are here to support Galeon in so many different facets.

My first shout out goes to the Galeon staff. Without all of you, where would we be? We are a five-star facility because of each you and the hard work you do each and every day. The care and services you provide is why our residents and families enjoy living and visiting here. Our residents are so fortunate to have wonderful caregivers such as all of you to take care of them.

Secondly, our Community Memorial Home Auxiliary and volunteers spend countless hours visiting with residents and doing activities. They also promote and fundraise for Galeon, the residents and the employees. We cannot thank them enough for all they provide!

Next, thank you to all who have donated monies to support Galeon's efforts for remodel and the new bathtub. With your support, we were able to purchase a brand-new whirlpool tub for our residents. Our residents have expressed such appreciation and gratitude. With continued donations, we plan to start updating resident rooms and flooring around Community Memorial Home.

Currently, one room at Galeon is being remodeled and updated to accommodate those near the end of life or that are on Hospice care. This will be our "comfort suite." This room will provide amenities for the residents and families to spend those last days together. If you would like a tour of our new room, please call and we will be happy to show you.

Lastly but most importantly! Thank you to Evie Akervik for your 43 years of service at Galeon. Evie has announced her retirement here at Galeon and will be done at the end of October. Evie, we simply cannot put into words how much we appreciate your dedication to Galeon for more than four decades. Evie has been our baker, seamstress, quilter, game player, listener, led countless activities and most of all is a friend to our residents. We will miss you, Evie, but wish you all the best in your retirement!

Best wishes for a happy fall!

Osakis Voices is a rotating column written by community leaders who share their thoughts in their field of expertise.