AUGUSTA – More than 300 people packed the Augusta Civic Center for the second annual Excellence in Long Term Care Conference sponsored by Maine Health Care Association, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and First Atlantic Corporation.

Phyllis Knox of Peru, a certified residential medication aide who works at Victorian Villa Rehabilitation and Living Center in Canton, was one of 11 from across the state to receive an award. She was named Caregiver of the Year.

Knox has worked at Victorian Villa since 1978, serving the residents and becoming a role model for all employees. Her seniority entitles her to respect from her co-workers – her seniority over them extends also to her age as she is 77.

In the material provided to the selection committee, Becky Knox (no relation) wrote that Knox “has an open mind and an open heart [which] makes her an easy person to talk to and work with.” She gives each resident a feeling of importance and always works to make sure they are comfortable and at home.

Knox has been married to her husband, Warren, for 57 years. They have three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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