A day to remember Mamma K

For 20+ years, Mamma K worked at the Saint John Regional Hospital as a patient service worker (PSW). Her colleagues have always spoken very highly about how Donna truly went above and beyond the call of duty. She befriended the patients, many who were in their final stages fighting cancer. She would bring them in treats, cook for them, give them a kind word, offer them an ear, or more often than not, give them a little giggle.

After her death in 2009, the hospital established a memorial award in her Donna’s name to honor someone within the PSW group each year who displayed the same kind of commitment and dedication to the job as Donna did. The recipient is chosen by the staff (other PSWs).

In Loving Memory of
Donna Jean Kennie
Devoted Mother, Grandmother and friend
Dedicated worker at SJRH for over 20 years
Where her patients always came first
Sadly missed and never forgotten
Rest in Peace

This week, Shirley Coates was presented with the Donna Jean Kennie Memorial Award! Donna’s two daughters and their children were able to attend the presentation.

Shirley Coates receives the Donna Jean Kennie Memorial Award from Roy Hess

Shirley and Roy with Donna's children and grandchildren

Congratulations Shirley!

As one person so eloquently wrote on Mamma K’s memorial facebook page “a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady!

How do you honor your loved ones who’ve passed on before you? 

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube and on the Web.

P.S. In case you missed Monday’s post where I spotlight author Virginia Ripple, you should definitely check it out. There’s a great giveaway! Squeeee…

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