YBIRD ENT AWARDWINNERS
DARE TO DREAM OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to the community whose efforts to make a resident’s dream come true most profoundly embodies the spirit of the Dare to Dream Program. The dream should be a unique and priceless experience that truly and positively impacted the resident.
In August of 2020, Mike’s family reached out to Community Director, Miranda Lewis, asking if there would be any possible way for Mike to attend his daughter’s outdoor wedding. In the past, Mike had been estranged from his daughter, making it especially significant for him to be in attendance. Miranda promised the family she would make it happen with Mike’s agreement to quarantine for 14 days afterward. He obliged! Mike was fitted for his tux outdoors in Country Manor’s courtyard while the gentleman from the tux shop guided Miranda in collecting the measurements. After practicing to be a proper escort and finishing touches of a haircut and fresh shave, Mike was ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. It was the happiest he’d been in years. “I can only imagine how much it meant to Mike’s daughter and his family to have him participate in the wedding, and I can’t give enough credit to the team at Country Manor for ensuring this dream could come true in a safe manner,” Kayle Neegaard, Director of Culture & Team Development shares. We are so proud of you, Country Manor team!
“REUNITED AT THE AISLE” Count r y Mano r
The candidate bestowed this award will have introduced a new resource, program or approach that has substantially benefitted the company and/or our residents.
When Peter Ulstad began with Jaybird Senior Living just over a year ago, he was tasked with the goal of streamling processes and create efficiencies, all while providing advanced data and metrics. The tall order, coupled with an growing portfolio and a global pandemic, would prove to be arduous, but attainable for the young professional. Peter started with realigning the finance department, placing existing talent at the forefront of improvement opportunities. Experts were aligned within the corporate structure, while Peter coordinated with industry vendors to improve the productivity. Notably, the switch to SAP Concur has easily helped monitor and reduce expenses. “Peter has shown innovation by implementing new systems and policies that make the company better as a whole; reducing time and effort required for recurring tasks,” says Chris Wendle, Jaybird Senior Living Chief of Staff.
PETER ULSTAD Jayb i r d Sen i o r L i v i ng
Thanks for tackling process improvement with enthusiasm, Peter!
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