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East Village Place associates recognized with national awards

EAST LONGMEADOW At East Village Place, an assisted living and memory care community managed by Watermark Retirement Communities, people are encouraged to express their spirit, vitality, passions to express their true selves. And the culture isn't just for residents, it's for associates as well. Recently, Watermark Retirement Communities recognized five associates from East Village Place with express your Self awards. These awards acknowledge associates who, by expressing their passion, creativity, leadership, compassion and more, make a vital contribution to the community of East Village Place.
Steve MacNaught, maintenance assistant and van driver from East Longmeadow, received an award for express your Compassion. MacNaught's ability to listen, laugh and care for residents has made him an invaluable member of the team. He also teaches one of the most popular courses for Watermark University, called Journey Back in Time. He picks a year and the class discusses what was happening in the world, what cars were driven, costs of common items and much more.
Pat Pietras, a Certified Nursing Assistant from Chicopee, received an express your Devotion award. Her thoughtful personality and ability to provide care with a sense of kindness is unmatched. Residents often speak of her attention to detail and her commitment to making sure the resident's dignity and spirit are elevated with every encounter.
Dee Chlebus, Activities Director from Chicopee, received an Ambassador Award. Chlebus ensures that all residents feel included and have fun, regardless of their physical or cogntive disabilities. She truly listens and is incredibly creative in building programs to fit residents' individual needs.
Jeff Ross, Food Service Director from Springfield, received an award for express your Innovation. Ross has made the Watermark philosophy and mission his own and offers the best quality food and customer service possible. The quality, presentation and customer service provided in the dining room has exceeded all expectations.
Buddy the dog from South Hadley received the Pet Ambassador Award. Buddy, a 10 year old collie/shepherd mix, is always able to bring a smile to everyone's face. Daily, Buddy walks the halls with his owner, Executive Director Pam Skiba, and stops by to see all the dog lovers in the community. He stops by the programs and makes special "get well" visits to any resident or associate who is under the weather.
"When people are empowered to express themselves their true selves at home and at work, they make meaningful connections and Watermark communities are formed," said David Barnes, President of Watermark Retirement Communities. "By fostering this culture for our associates as well as our residents, we create vibrant, fun, creative, successful communities. The express your Self awards are as unique as the associates receiving them."