It’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work in your chosen field. In Gail Freeman-Campbell’s case, she was recognized by her peers and honoured by her professional organization.
Last month, Freeman-Campbell was presented with an Excellence in Nursing Leadership award from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba. Three former co-workers — Crystal Jensen, Jill Hruska and Christine Sinclair, practical nursing instructors at Assiniboine Community College — nominated her.
"I actually did a happy dance when I found out that I was nominated and that I won," she said.
Freeman-Campbell has been a licensed practical nurse since she graduated from ACC in 2000. After working for the regional health authority and teaching in the practical nursing program at the college on contract, she decided to start her own business.
Since 2012, she has owned Daughter On Call Ltd. This is a private home-care business that provides an extensive range of services — everything from personal care to medication administration to medical support for post-surgical, stroke, dementia and Alzheimer patients.
With 50-plus employees working full and part time as well as casual and covering a wide region outside the city of Brandon and within, Freeman-Campbell said she’s proud of her accomplishments.
"I was glad that I took that step forward," she said. "I’m the only LPN in Canada that owns a business of this calibre."
Freeman-Campbell is in the process of setting up a second office in Brandon. She will be providing residents at the Riverheights Terrace with 24-hour, seven days a week home-care services. She also hopes to see more expansion of her business in the future.
For more information on Daughter On Call, visit homecarebrandon.com.
Saying Goodbye twice
There was a rumour circulating around Brandon earlier this week that a number of local businesses would be closing their doors. Unfortunately, I found out that there is truth to the rumours, and we will be saying goodbye in the near future to some of our favourite local shops.
After six years of providing pregnant women, nursing moms, and families with newborns and toddlers with a variety of great products, L’il Bit Baby Boutique will be shutting down.
Located at 601 18th St., L’il Bit Baby is owned by Kyla and Rob Henderson. Making the decision to close the store was not an easy one.
"Our lease is due at the end of August. We considered staying open, we considered moving, but when we took a step back to see what was best for us personally, closing was the right decision," Kyla said.
"We are both very busy with our careers and our family, and owning a business of this nature takes a vast amount of time."
While an exact closing date has not been set, it will be mid-late August. In the meantime, Kyla is asking all clients to use outstanding gift cards and to take advantage of the current sales as all merchandise and store fixtures will be cleared out.
"I’m very sad. This was a dream of mine. I will really miss all my clients," she said. "There is a lot of sentiment attached to the store. It was a happy store to own."
In October, shoppers will also bid farewell to another favourite, locally owned store — Stan’s Fine Foods. The iconic grocery store will also close due to personal reasons.
"I’m 70 going on 80, I think it’s time to start my retirement," owner Stan Phillips said. "I’ve had this store for 37 years, but I’ve been in the industry for 55 years. I still enjoy it, but I’m starting to get a bit tired."
Phillips said the toughest part of making the decision was considering his employees. He has one employee who has been with the store since it opened and others who have been with him for 18 to 25 years.
Stan’s is an independently owned store that opened in 1977 on Victoria Avenue where Shoppers Drug Mart is currently located. After 29 years at that location, Phillips built a new store at 650 First St.
"My wife has a lot of plans for me," Phillips said, laughing. "Hopefully, we will still have our health and be able to travel and spend time with our grandchildren.
"For now though, I’m just going to put my feet up."
Stan’s Fine Foods will officially close Oct. 25.
» Wanda Kurchaba is a Brandon freelance writer and a communications and marketing specialist. This column on Westman’s business community appears each Saturday. Contact Wanda directly with any story ideas.