Celebrating Helen’s 80th birthday with the Caldwell Family Centre
Inside the Caldwell Family Centre there is one person who will always put a smile on your face as soon as you walk in, the Caldwell treasure: Helen Synek. For her 80th Birthday this year, Helen has kindly asked for friends and family to donate to the Family Centre.
Helen was 20 when she moved from Ireland to Canada and shortly after, she met and married her husband. She was working in the local school serving lunches to students when she got a call to work at what was soon to be called The Caldwell Family Centre. She had three young boys to look after but still followed Sister Thelma Marion to the Centre to help care for the community.
Helen has worked with the Family Centre for over 30 years with countless memories and stories, but she states the biggest reason for her long dedication, is the people. To help the people in the community and create a welcoming environment is what makes the Family Centre so special. While the Centre has had changes and growth during her years here, the help it brings, the people it serves and the relationships made never change. As Helen says: making people feel happy and being able to put a smile on their face is the best part. When you love your job, it doesn’t seem like work anymore.
Helen received the Mayor’s City Builder award to recognize her 30 years of service, which was presented to her by Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington. This was one of her proudest moments. Her family and friends celebrated her dedication and love of helping the community. She is an inspiration to all of us.
Helen’s 80th birthday is August 20th, and the board, staff and volunteers of the Family Centre will be helping her celebrate with a social distance party