Regina Philander, experienced cook at the Service Dining Rooms for over seven years, has more than enough know-how to help keep our kitchens running very smoothly indeed. A quiet and patient woman but seldom without a smile on her face, she appears to handle her work days with calmness and composure.
“The staff, including the volunteers, generally work well together, so that is not a difficult challenge. Sometimes it’s stressful when a fight breaks out among our clients, but we can rely on Karen and Shorty and each other to deal with problems. We don’t feel unsafe here because we are part of a team”.
You’d think Regina would see enough of the inside of a kitchen during the week to give it a break when she’s not at work, but she still lists her personal interests as cooking, as well as sewing, knitting and crochet. (Turns out she and this blog writer have a lot in common – with the exception of the cooking, that is…). She leaves home at 5.45 to get to work on time, but weekends are for relaxing, hobbies, family and church.
Thank you, Regina, for your dependability and resourcefulness. The SDR couldn’t achieve what it does without you.