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Employee of the Month

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"Employee of the Month"

September 20, 2023

Robin Lawton earned recognition as July Employee of the Month at Country Living at Westview Commons. Performing her role as a server in the Great Room of the residence, she takes great pride in the relationships she has built with the people living there. Robin joined the team at Westview Commons in April 2023, and she has felt embraced by the residents since her very first day. Robin appreciates that her role is not only as a server during daily dining, but also as a form of “cheerleader” at Westview Commons. She can often be seen Singing Happy Birthday to the residents, or wishing them well upon a recovery from illness or injury, and generally gladhanding the room full of patrons at Westview Commons. Robin remarked: “The residents have become a second family to me. They are all people that I care about and I want to see happy, and I am blessed to know that they feel the same way about me. It is such a special space here. A beautifully decorated dining room with a baby grand piano sets the atmosphere for a great dining experience!”

Robin is very impressed with the time and effort that goes into the meal preparation at Westview Commons. She values the culinary crew’s presentation and knowledge of the menu as it helps the residents to choose their meals. Concurrent with her employment at Westview Commons, Robin also works with Simply Elegant Catering Company. Prior to her time in these settings, she held positions in local pharmacies; utilizing her degree as a Pharmacy Technician. She also holds a certification as a Para-Professional. This education helped Robin to perform a role at Northeast Placement Services in Moosup, CT. All of these collective opportunities form Robin’s strong belief in the value of giving back to the community—helping others to understand how fortunate they are.

Growing up, Robin enjoyed meticulous meals made by her mother and grandmother—always from scratch. She knew then that an amazing aroma and a loving kitchen would always be desirable to her and others. Robin puts tremendous effort into being respectful, having an amazing work ethic, and persevering for everything she wants in life. She credits her ethos to her upbringing and the values instilled to her by her parents. Robin’s 3 sons have continued her family legacy. Her son Joshua and his wife Amanda have brought Jackson and Andrew into the world; her son Zachary and his wife Grace celebrate their own Addison and Thomas; her son Matthew and his girlfriend Jess look forward to their opportunities together. Robin was married to David Lawton for 32 years—a lasting love that still exists in her heart following his passing in 2017. In the fall of 2024, Robin is excited to marry her fiancée Daniel and embark on another new adventure in life.

The acceptance of this award was simultaneously humbling and well-deserved for Robin. She stated: “My job has given me the opportunity to be a part of a great team! I always look forward to talking with the residents; ensuring that their dining experience is great. I feel honored to receive this Employee of the Month award. This recognition comes from fellow colleagues and our residents—but I call all of them friends, and that makes it even more meaningful. Thank you to the family of Westview Commons for the appreciation and kind words. This is the greatest compliment that I could receive!”

Westview Commons’ Executive Vice President David T. Panteleakos has high praise for Robin’s esteemed efforts towards the facility’s goals: “Robin is an amazing addition to our outstanding culinary and food service team at Westview Commons. She always has a bright smile and offers kind sentiments to everyone she encounters. Congratulations to Robin on this distinct designation as our July Employee of the Month!”

Country Living at Westview Commons is a 75-unit independent and assisted living community conveniently located in picturesque Northeastern Connecticut. Affiliated with Westview Health Care Center, a nationally-ranked nursing facility according to CMS and U.S. News and World Report for the past 13 years, Westview Commons is a 115,000 square foot catered living facility dedicated to a genuine 5-star experience including outstanding service, culinary expertise and professional in-house entertainment. Located in Dayville, CT, Westview Commons combines convenience, tranquility and comfort; providing a lifestyle that seniors deserve.