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October Eversound Champion: Karri O’Brien of Canterbury Gardens Memory Care

Each month, we ask senior living community leaders to nominate a staff member who has an unyielding commitment and passion for improving the lives of their community residents each and every day.

This month we’d like to recognize someone who has been described as “a ray of sunshine”. (This person must be nice.) Someone who effortlessly creates meaningful moments with whomever she comes in contact. (And really genuine, too.) That certain someone is Karri O’Brien. (Wow! A true gem.)

Want to know more? Becky Reeves, Director of Resident Services at Canterbury Gardens Memory Care, tells us what makes Karri so special — and why we just had to choose her for our October Eversound Champion.

About Karri O’Brien

A 21-year veteran in the senior living industry, Karri O’Brien committed herself to serving others in the highest value at the ripe-old age of 19. In 1997, Karri started working at Canterbury Gardens as a Resident Assistant. Soon after, she moved to the Activities department and spent 16 years dedicating her time to improving the quality of life for her residents as the Active Living Assistant. As a result of her dedication, her career blossomed, she succeeded, and was then promoted to Active Living Director, the role that she holds currently.

Let’s have a gander at a few things Karri does to make Canterbury a special place for her residents.

  1. As animals have been proven to improve moods and reduce stress among seniors, Karri gladly brings in her pets to interact with her residents. We’re talking dogs, bunnies, goats, ducks, chicks, lambs, puppies. Name an animal. Karri most likely owns it and will bring it in.
  2. Karri inspires residents to use their hands to create art projects, plant and grow gardens, and design memory boxes that express emotions and tell life stories.
  3. Whether you’re a man or a woman, everyone loves to be pampered. Karri helps her seniors feel beautiful by doing their makeup, braiding hair, or tying scarves and ties.
  4. Karri encourages her team to administer Eversound headphones to residents for bus rides, large and small group gatherings, church, games, and movies. Specifically helping residents with dementia and hearing loss, Karri loves how Eversound cuts out background noise and empowers residents to communicate more effectively.

Karri, your coworkers have described you as enthusiastic, cheerful, innovative, theatrical, and vibrant. They say you’re a caring leader, role model, and mentor. How could we not choose you as our October Eversound Champion?! Thanks for everything you do.

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Awards & Accolades

2006

Canterbury Inn,1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Delaware Plaza,3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities,Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Large Business Award

2007

CanterburyInn, 1st,Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities,3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2008

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2009

Sterling Inn, Best of Victorville, Assisted Living and Memory Care

Canterbury Park, Canterbury Inn/Chateau, Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2010

Canterbury Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2011

Canterbury Gardens, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2012

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2013

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

2014

Sterling Inn,Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Canterbury Inn, 1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities, 3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2015

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Recognition of 25 Years, California State Senate

Sterling Inn,California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition of 25 Years of Business 

Sterling Inn,Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Appreciation, Veterans of Foreign Wars

2015 Cont.

Sterling Inn, Certificate of Appreciation, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Spring Creek InnA Place for Mom, Highest Move-In Conversion Rate of APFM Referred Families

Koelsch Senior Communities, Kelso Chamber of Commerce Pillars of Strength Award

Canterbury Inn1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Delaware Plaza2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best 

2016

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Sterling Inn, Service Excellence Award

Sterling Commons,Caring Stars Award from Caring.com 

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Senior Advisor Award

Copper Creek Inn,Best Senior Living in Chandler

Copper Creek Inn, Chandler 100 Award, Chandler Chamber of Commerce 

Canterbury Inn1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Senior Communities2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Cedarbrook Memory Care, 2016 Alzheimer’s Foundation Above and Beyond Award

Delaware Plaza3rd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Riverside Inn, Best Senior Living in Fort Worth, Texas

 2017

Sterling Inn, Best of 2017 Award, Senior Advisor Award 

Sterling Inn, Best of the Desert Award by Daily Press

Silver Creek, Best of Senior Living in Mesa

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons, Best of 2017, Senior Advisor Award

Copper Creek Inn,Best Senior Living in Chandler  

Cedarbrook Inn, Zero Deficiency Survey

Canterbury Park1st, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

Koelsch Communities2nd, Daily News Readers Choice Awards/ Lower Columbia’s Best

2018

Sterling Inn, Business of the Month, Hesperia Chamber of Commerce

Silver Creek, Best of Senior Living in Mesa

Sterling Commons, Best of the Desert Award

Sterling Commons,Senior Advisor Awards

Lakeview, Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Beautification & Community Improvement Award

Cedarbrook Inn, Zero Deficiency Survey
Riverside Inn, Best Senior Living in Fort Worth, Texas

Riverside Inn, Society Life, Tops in Tarrant 

Northbrook Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Meadowbrook Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Riverside Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Silver Creek Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Sterling Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards

Canterbury Inn, Best of 2018, Senior Advisor Awards