CALA Achieves Record Submissions, Winners at its Annual Outstanding Resident Service & Accomplishment Awards

Employee Award winner Natalie Chabot poses with CALA President Christopher Carter.

Old Lyme, CT, July 9, 2024 – The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) recently held its annual Outstanding Resident Service and Accomplishment Awards on Friday, June 28th at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut. The ceremony attracted honorees from across the state to celebrate its communities’ achievements, receiving a record number of award submissions and recipients.

The event featured accounts of a multitude of exemplary community accomplishments from throughout the year. One Resident Accomplishment Award recipient, Jane D. from Maplewood at Southwood, organized a fundraiser for the Haitian Education Initiative for families in Jacmel, Haiti, raising a combined $12,000 through scarf exchanges amongst nearly 100 residents and staff. A Resident Service Award recipient, Doreen Burgos at Farfield County Hospice House, was a hospice nurse for 30 years, taking care of citizens with end-of-life AIDS in Africa. Today, she utilizes her decades of experience to teach young nurses how to utilize critical thinking skills in medical management and ensure a higher quality of comfort for residents.

“CALA is elated to see the record number of award submissions and recipients from this year’s Resident Service and Accomplishment Awards,” said Christopher Carter, President of CALA. “We’re honored to have so many wonderful individuals be a part of CALA’s communities.”

This year, CALA once again honored a record-breaking number of individuals, including:

Resident Service

  • Pauline Gaucher, Harbor Program Coordinator, Academy Point, Mystic
  • Amy Vazquez, Lead RCA, The Atrium at Rocky Hill
  • LaRhonda McCrea, Program Director, BSL at Hamden
  • Edmie Vazquez, CNA, Chatham Place at Mary Wade
  • Manny Padin, Lead Caregiver, Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull
  • Tayvon Moncrease, Lead CNA, Coachman Square at Woodbridge
  • Doreen Burgos, Fairfield County Hospice House
  • Rolain Lamour, CNA, Maplewood at Danbury
  • Nancy Pelletier, LPN, Masonicare at Mystic
  • John Ryan, Maintenance Technician, Middlebrook Farms Trumbull
  • Maria Rodrigues, Activities Manager, Motif by Monarch Southbury
  • Maryann Springer, Pomperaug Woods, Southbury
  • Serita Campbell, LPN Wellness Nurse, Maplewood at Stony Hill
  • Rachel Adamaitis, Resident Care Associate, Village at South Farms, Middletown
  • Natalie Chabot, Lead Community Nurse, Whitney Center, Inc., Hamden
  • Lynn Pimentel, Receptionist, Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Resident Accomplishment

  • Karen K., BSL at Split Rock
  • Barbara T. Maplewood at Orange
  • Linda A., The Atrium at Rocky Hill
  • Marcia H., Maplewood at Stony Hill
  • Howard B., The Greens at Cannondale
  • Carl C., Arbors of Hop Brook, Manchester
  • Lois G., BSL at Hamden
  • Dolores W., The Greens at Greenwich
  • Paul R., Coachman Square at Woodbridge
  • Jane P., The Village at Mariner’s Point, East Haven
  • Jane D., Maplewood at Southport
  • Owen C., The Village at Brookfield Common

“CALA extends a heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of our award nominees and recipients,” said Christopher Carter. “Thank you all so much for your contributions to CALA’s communities, and we hope to see you all again next year!”

Captions for Images

  • Photo 1 – Employee Award winner LaRhonda McCrea and Resident Award winner Lois G. pose together with their respective awards.


About the Connecticut Assisted Living Association

Founded in 1995, the mission of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) is to enhance the quality of life for those the association serves. CALA serves as an active resource for its members through the proactive development and implementation of continuing educational services and professional development efforts for the members while supporting and advancing the common business interests of assisted living service providers in Connecticut. For more information, visit


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