Cheshire Chat
Summer 2022 Edition
Gardening Tips & Tricks by Sue E. & Perth team's new garden
The Perth team was excited to bring a little happy wellness to their outdoor space. A group effort created a pretty garden to give a spot to relax when the day gets a little tough.

Many staff contributed to the garden by prepping and donating soil and plants. Many of our staff love to garden and it’s a calming view for everyone!

Even if you’re not an avid gardener, there is some sort of personal accomplishment in watching the bulbs you planted last fall burst through the soil in the early morning sun. Us caregivers are natural born nurturers. Caring for a garden is very similar to what we do on a daily basis. We check in, give food, attention and love.

“We are all gardening everyday, whether we know it or not”
Cultural Humility Corner
What is the meaning of cultural humility?
The term "cultural humility" was introduced in 1998 as a dynamic and lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one's own biases. It recognizes the shifting nature of intersecting identities and encourages ongoing curiosity rather than an endpoint.

How to Improve Your Cultural Humility
  1. Engage people who are different than you on a personal experiential level.
  2. Be Curious and empathetic about others life experiences who are different than your own.
  3. Learn about the important people in someone’s culture such as artists, musicians, dances, philosophers, and writers. Not just food and holidays.
  4. Learn to pronounce their names.
  5. Share your culture, so people from other cultures don’t think they are the only ones who are different.
  6. Talk about racism, sexism, and classism, and believe them when they speak about their experiences.
  7. Be prepared when someone brings up your ethnicity and what it means to them. Listen nondefensively.
  8. Approach improving your cultural Competence with a beginner’s mind.
  9. Show interest, appreciation, and respect for other cultures.
How do you show cultural humility in the workplace?
Engage in difficult crucial conversations:
Engage with others humbly, authentically, and from a place of learning. Learn to have difficult conversations with staff and to give/receive real time feedback. Uphold staff to the values of respect and cultural humility.

How do you demonstrate humility in the workplace?
  1. Accept feedback. Feedback, even constructive or negative feedback, can be helpful so you can grow in your role, expand your skill set or learn how to better work with others.
  2. Acknowledge mistakes.
  3. Ask others for help.
  4. Actively listen.
  5. Ask questions.
  6. Sign up for training.
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Farewell & Happy Retirement to Lily Annand
In 1987, Lily Annand joined the ranks of the Cheshire family… ready to take on the world! At that time, Cheshire was a relatively small organization; services in Cherryhill had just begun, the building at 98 Baseline had just been built, the group home was still on Princess Ave and there were no services in any of the counties yet.

My how things have changed!

And through the whirlwind of growth and development, Lily worked alongside her team keeping our budgets balanced, our staff compensated, and our bills paid.

Always an advocate (sometimes with blunt honesty), Lily has been the voice of our staff and consumers. With fairness and integrity as her guide, she brought voice to concerns and worked steadfastly in addressing challenges that came her way, always with an eye on the budget to ensure we could find solutions that would uphold the foundation of the organization.

After 35 years, we wish Lily all the best for a wonderfully restful and well-deserved retirement! May there be many new adventures for you in the years ahead!
Welcome to the Cheshire Family!
Click on the photos to read more about each individual!
Chananchita C.
Margaret W.
Chantal D.
Brett M.
Lucy C.
Krystal M.
Cheshire’s Wellness Committee’s purpose is to work collaboratively to address issues related to overall wellness of our staff in the organization.

Our goal is to provide awareness to create a healthy workplace and provide staff with information, resources and ideas to incorporate positive influences within in their professional and personal lives.

The Wellness Committee plans to post on Cheshire’s social media channels and in the program offices, areas of interest based on the Wellness Survey that was completed this past year. We also plan to post National Awareness Days that pair with our committees’ values and goals and those topics that would be of benefit or interest to our employee group. Here is one of the topics we have recently explored!

7 Ways to Indulge Mindfully
  1. Nothing is off Limits, but everything in moderation – choose a smaller piece of cake for dessert and load up on healthy fruits to go with it! Remember deprivation and restriction lead to overeating and binge eating.
  2. Tune into your body - keep a food journal and include how you feel after each meal, this helps you take a more mindful approach to eating.
  3. Be mindful, grateful and slow – Think about what you are eating and practice gratitude while you eat.
  4. Eat to 80% fullness - This helps prevent overeating and is great to use on big holiday meals.
  5. Focus on your physical, mental and emotional health - they all go together.
  6. HYDRATE- Water is your best friend and helps you feel full.
  7. Get more sleep - lack of sleep can undermine any weight loss or healthy eating efforts.
Sources: FITON BodyandSoul
Cheshire Cookbook
Please submit your recipes of Indulging with a healthy twist to perthpm@cheshirelondon.ca. The Wellness Committee will then create a Cheshire Cookbook with all of your dishes! 
Has your mental wellness been impacted by the pandemic? Working on the frontlines can take a toll. Many are experiencing feelings of stress, grief, or burnout. It’s ok to say it – this is really hard.

If you are a health care worker and you feel like your mental wellness has been impacted due to COVID-19, help is available. There are resources you can access on your own, peer group support, and confidential support by phone or online with a mental health professional.
To learn more or access these supports, please visit ontario.ca/healthcareworkersupport
Payroll Deductions
Did you know that Cheshire provides staff with an easy way to give back to our Everyday Dreams program? You can designate any amount to be automatically donated from your paycheck. 

Just think - if every employee donated just $1 each pay the Everyday Dreams Fund that would be over $300 per pay and over $7800 a year. A little goes a long way!

To sign up for payroll deductions, please speak to your Program Manager to complete a Payroll Authorizations & Deductions form.