Thanks for the memories
Liz Purdy was honoured by the Amherst Bridge Adult Services Centre on Wednesday for 27 years of service to its clients.
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Liz Purdy is mobbed by clients at the Amherst Bridge Adult Services Centre. Purdy retired from the centre in May after 27 years of service. She was honoured by clients and staff and Wednesday.
AMHERST – To see the eyes of the clients at the Amherst Bridge Adult Services Centre light up when they see Liz Purdy is a testament to how much she’s loved and missed by them.
Purdy was back in the place she worked for 27 years on Wednesday as staff and clients at the centre for mentally challenged adults honoured her for her commitment to the Amherst facility.
“We all miss you so much, I miss you. You were always there for us when we needed you and you were such a help to all of us,” client Tim Bird said during the event that saw Purdy receive a token of appreciation from the centre.
Several clients feted Purdy with how she helped them over the years and they were quick to gather to give her a big hug for her years of service leading the laundry at the workshop.
“Liz was the one who developed the laundry into the success it is today,” board member Doug Manzer said. “She was instrumental in its development and she was well-liked and respected by the clients and the customers.”
Manzer said Purdy always treated the clients with respect and admiration and was “non-dictatorial” in how she worked with them.
“She was never one to say let’s do it my way. She would always suggest we should do it this way or would you do it this way for me? She worked with the clients and they worked with her,” Manzer said, adding she would work directly with the clients helping them complete their chores.
Manzer said Purdy spent countless hours working with the clients at the centre and after hours when she saw them in the community.
Purdy said she enjoyed every moment of her years at the workshop, including the last 24 when she ran the laundry.
“I have many fond memories and I will cherish every one of them and everyone I’ve worked with during my time here,” Purdy said. “It’s been a great time, I enjoyed every bit of it.”
Purdy, who finished at the end of May, said she saw a lot of progress from when she first started at the workshop and she remembers when many of the clients there today were children.