Chris Wilkinson and Tawnya Ketch

Chris Wilkinson and Tawnya Ketch

Mid-Island care franchise recognized with award

NANAIMO – Local Nurse Next Door company named franchise of the year across North America.

There seems to be no end to accolades Chris Wilkinson, Tawnya Ketch and their business have earned since they began operations nine years ago.

The Central Vancouver Island Nurse Next Door Home Care Services, which operates in Nanaimo, was named the 2016 Nurse Next Door franchise of the year from almost 100 franchises across North America at the organization’s annual conference last week.It’s the third time the business has won the award, the first Nurse Next Door franchise to be so honoured.

Wilkinson said the business’ approximately 85 staff members across the central Island are still abuzz from the achievement.

“Our caregivers, who work closely with people in their homes, are great at their jobs and that’s one of the main reasons we are being recognized,” he said.

“Almost all of our caregivers have heath-care assistant accreditation and we conduct very thorough interviews when hiring. I tend to approach interviews as if I’m hiring someone to look after my own mom.”