Administrative Assistant in Resident Clinic has Worked for Retirement Community 20+ years
In a classic case of the apple not falling far from the tree, Annitra Ball has deep roots in the Northern Neck area and has made Lancaster County and Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury her home. Ball’s mother and brother also work at RWC. Her aunt retired from RWC about two years ago.
It was no surprise to anyone but Ball, administrative assistant for the resident clinic, that she was named RWC’s 2020 Employee of the Year.
“When they were making the announcement, they started saying all of these nice things, and you don’t really know who they are talking about,” Ball said. “But then, they were talking about something I did for a resident the week before, and I knew they were talking about me!”
The Lancaster County native began working in RWC food services while attending Lancaster High School. She stayed on after graduation working in various capacities. She left RWC for a short time and went to work for the Middle Peninsula Community Services Board.
“I was in a management position there, but I wanted to come back to nursing, so I re-joined RWC and went to work at the health center.”
RWC President and CEO Stuart Bunting said Annitra is hailed as a team player; always willing to help in any way she can. RWC residents and staff vote on the Employee of the Year from among the 12 employees named employees of the month for that year.
“Annitra is not concerned about whether or not it is ‘her job,’” Bunting said. “If she is able to help, she will jump right in and do it. This recognition is well deserved!”
When not working, Ball enjoys spending time with family including her first grandchild who just turned six months old. She also loves to travel anywhere there is blue water such as Aruba and Jamaica. She was planning a trip to Mexico when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Ball said not being able to travel is the least of her worries. She acknowledged that COVID-19 has been challenging for everyone.
“Working in health services, you have to have patience and compassion, but with COVID, that was even more important,” Ball said. “COVID doesn’t discriminate against anyone.”