Innovation Distinction Award: Rosanne Burke
Northwood has a 50+ year legacy of innovating, introducing and sharing interesting and inspiring new ideas and fist-time concepts into the continuing care sector. Rosanne Burke is part of that effort. For the past two years, she has been a dedicated volunteer at Northwood helping with recreation programs, the fitness centre, volunteer recruitment, the Living Diversity program for staff and the Dementia Committee. She is also a dementia care partner to her father who is a resident of Northwood.
Rosanne is the owner of Keji Consulting, a dementia education and training business. In 2016, she became a Certified Dementia Care Trainer (under Teepa Snow). She teaches the Positive Approach™ to Care philosophy to families and health care professionals who want to better understand how it feels to be living with dementia. She speaks on dementia at conferences throughout Atlantic Canada and is also creating a program to train community organizations and businesses to become dementia friendly.
Rosanne is currently writing a book on her experiences as a care partner to a parent living with dementia.