Cork’s Sabrina Boyd was awarded the Right at Home Ireland Carer of the Year Award in yesterday’s online ceremony eight years after her mother received a similar acknowledgement for her dedication.
In what has been a very challenging year for many, this year’s awards recognised the hard work and commitment of the Right at Home staff to both their clients and colleagues and paid tribute to those who go above and beyond for the people they care for.
Ms Boyd was named as the regional winner for Cork in August and went on to a national judging panel alongside winners from Dublin North, Dublin South and Wicklow, Galway, and Kildare. Today she was presented with her award by Managing Director of Right at Home, Cian O’Sullivan.
Speaking at the presentation, Mr O’Sullivan said:
“We’re thrilled for Sabrina, for her colleagues and for her clients who nominated her for the regional award. When the client, Betty, and her daughter Olive nominated Sabrina they told us that she was ‘a joy to see arriving in the morning’ and I think our whole team here in Cork would echo that.” Ms Boyd, who was shocked to have won the award, was joined by both her mother Ann and her father Pat when accepting the Dublin Crystal trophy.
“I couldn’t believe it! I was delighted when I was named as the regional winner, to have my work recognised in that way, and now to win the overall award – I just never expected it, said Ms Boyd.
“I love my work and it means so much to me, having come to caring later in my career, that what I do means so much to my clients and their families. It has been such a strange and difficult year for so many of us, I’m glad that I’ve been able to continue putting a smile on the faces of those I care for throughout it all.”