International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Amy Stirling has dedicated twelve years of service to Avamere at Bethany, serving as a Life Enrichment Assistant and Server. Her preferred tasks involve calling bingo, maintaining cleanliness, and organizing the snack bar. We met with several of Amy’s teammates and her father to learn more about Amy and her impact with our community.
Thomas Cloutier, former Executive Director at Bethany and current Chief Marketing Officer for Arete Living, expressed, “The first thing I do when I walk through the doors of Bethany is I look for Amy. Nothing has changed from the first day I worked at Bethany until now. I love seeing that big smile, getting a good hug, and talking Blazers basketball.”
Livia Thompson, Senior Life Enrichment Director at Avamere, has been Amy’s supervisor throughout her career. Livia said, “it has been a blessing to work with Amy and watch her grow the last 12 years. Our residents love having her call Bingo for them and also her attention to detail when she is setting up the tables in the dining room. I have many favorite things about Amy. Her smile, her humor and her dedication to her career here. She has the best attendance of any employee we have. I believe Amy truly loves our residents and enjoys helping others have fun. And a fun fact, Amy is a very talented Adult Coloring Book Artist. She creates wonderful pictures for staff and residents. Amy is incredible and unstoppable and never ceases to amaze me.
Amy Abbott, Business Office Manager at Avamere at Bethany, shared her thoughts on Amy, stating, “My favorite things about Amy are her smile and her playful nature. She is always good for a joke! She likes to tease people lol. I love her friendships with the staff! Especially the ones who have been around a long time and know her well. She is a part of our family, and we love her!”
Bob Stirling, Amy’s father, reflected on his daughter, saying, “Amy is a sweet, quiet young lady. She has always been somewhat an introvert, but wait until you get to know her! Years ago, when she initially started at Avamere, we were very concerned about her being able to connect with individuals in the working world, and along with our faith and prayers, we challenged ourselves to allow Amy to get out on her own in the working world, and subsequently, our God above has worked wonders! We are so very thankful for the opportunities extended to Amy at Avamere. Livia has been so very special and kind to Amy in allowing her more leniency and particularly, the opportunity to help with bingo. Over the years, Amy’s social skills have grown immensely while working at Avamere, and we as a family are so very thankful for the Avamere community and all that they have provided for our little Amy. She truly loves the Avamere community and all who are associated with it. We as a family sincerely thank you for your kindness and generosity extended to her.”
Amy thank you for your dedication to Avamere at Bethany and helping our seniors for the last twelve years!
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed globally on December 3rd each year. This day aims to promote awareness and understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.