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Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

Visiting Angels NEWTON/CANTON, MA
29 Crafts St #320
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260

Home Caregiver Recognitions

Our Case Managers meet to choose a Caregiver for Angel of the Month. A Case Manager will generally nominate someone with an explanation as to why this person is chosen. The Caregiver is notified that they have been selected and comes into the office for a full celebration. This person is honored with treats, a certificate, gift card and the Case Manager that selected them will read a full write-up about why they were chosen. The Caregiver is interviewed and then featured in the monthly newsletter as well as on Facebook. Visiting Angels Newton/Canton has the most amazing team of people to care for our Clients. Our Caregivers work tirelessly with their Case Managers to ensure top-quality care.

Angel of the Month


ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Rosemary Atieno

May 2024

Spring has sprung, and with it comes our newest Angel of the Month. For May 2024, we are happy to honor Rosemary Atieno! Rosemary joined Visiting Angels Newton/Canton in June 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, a very difficult time for caregivers. Since then, Rosemary has provided outstanding service and care to as many as eight different clients. Her energy and enthusiasm for caregiving continues to grow, and it shines through whenever she has the time to reflect on her experience in the field since getting her CNA license in 2010.

“I just love making a positive impact on people’s lives,” Rosemary said. “I know I’ll be old one day, so I want to take care of my clients the same way I want someone to take care of me when I get older.”

Rosemary’s journey as a caregiver began when she was living back home in her native Kenya, taking care of her grandmother for over nine years until she passed away in 2008. Caring for her loved one left an impression on Rosemary, inspiring her to pursue a career in health and wellness when she moved to the United States the following year. Rosemary completed a three-month intensive CNA program at Baltimore Community College, graduating in 2010 before moving north to the Boston area.

Rosemary honed her CNA skills at her local Wingate Assisted Living until it closed in 2020. Rosemary’s passion for helping others goes well beyond the senior community, too. While working at Wingate and even to this day while working as a Visiting Angel, Rosemary is also a residential care associate at a center for children and adults with developmental and physical disorders. In 2016, she received her bachelor’s degree in exercise and health science and strongly considered a career as a physical therapist. Ultimately though, and fortunately for us, Rosemary decided that she loves being a CNA way too much to go back to school for another three years!

“I would miss all the clients’ stories and their life histories,” Rosemary shared. “For example, I never knew about the depression, but I learned all about it from a client who actually lived through it! And that same client taught me how to do crossword puzzles!”

Ever the dedicated caregiver, Rosemary was disappointed when her local Wingate closed. However, it ultimately opened a new door for her to join us here at Visiting Angels
Newton/Canton. To this day, Rosemary prides herself on remaining aware of what’s happening with her clients as they change over time. She thinks positively when navigating stressful situations and knows that she always has the support of her case manager if what she’s doing isn’t working.

“I always feel comfortable working with Rosemary because she’s dependable and excellent at communicating any client concerns to me,” Case Manager Patrick Murray said.

Senior Case Manager, Elizabeth Quagraine, believes it’s always important to have vigilant caregivers like Rosemary looking after her clients. “When caregivers like Rosemary
communicate with their client’s case manager and let us know what’s going on, we know the clients are safe and in good hands,” Elizabeth said. “You can tell by the way she speaks about her clients that she cares, even after she’s clocked out and off-duty.”

Having been a caregiver for over 15 years now, Rosemary has seen a lot. Some clients may need more assistance getting out of bed and dressed in the morning, while others may just want someone to sit and talk with. Rosemary’s a firm believer that a caregiver has to be ready for anything and always be flexible when it comes to meeting the needs of the client.

“From the beginning, Rosemary has been placed in some very challenging situations,” Director of Client Services Julie McBain said. “However, she has always gained the trust of her clients and their families due to her commitment, hard work, and reliability. Her work with our clients comes from her heart, and it shows.”

Reliability is a word that comes up quite a bit when clients or members of the office team are talking about Rosemary—and evidently the feeling is mutual! “The office is so reliable whenever I call,” Rosemary said. “You’ll always get someone. With other agencies you have to leave a voicemail, and they might call you back!”

Rosemary, from all of us here at Visiting Angels, thank you for the care and compassion you show to all our clients. Your passion for caregiving brings extra warmth to these unpredictable New England spring days when everyone’s just waiting for summer to finally get here already. It’s very fitting that you’re our spring Angel of the Month for May 2024. We wish you a hearty congratulations and look forward to your continued success for years to come!

Rosemary Atieno - AOM May 2024.pdf


Work for Visiting Angels


ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Sallay Mboyawa

April 2024

Sallay Mboyawa - AOM April 2024.pdf


ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Marie Ketsia Daille

March 2024

Marie Ketsia Daille - AOM March 2024.pdf



February 2024

Maliza AOM February 2024.pdf



January 2024

Ruth Ellis AOM January 2024.pdf


ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Andell Sylvester

October 2023

Andell Sylvester AOM November 2023.pdf

ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Dawna Nogueira

September 2023



ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Kettly Aurelus

August 2023




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Eileen Duggan 

July 2023




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Pat Durrant-Campbell

June 2023




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ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Glorieuse Antoine

March 2023




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Leonie Benson

February 2023




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Raxanne Wright

January 2023




December 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Nadya Harriet

November 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Betie Mondestin

October 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Marie Bellefleur-Raymond

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ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Kettlie Juste

May 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Williams Ejimonyeabala

April 2022





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ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2021 Awardees



ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2020 Awardees



ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2019 Awardees



ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2018 Awardees



Special Recognitions

Timeless Gratitude to Alice Kimani

Alice Kimani

No, this is not a new award we’re giving, but a special commendation to Alice Kimani, who gave live-in care to one of our clients.  One night in November 2016, she was awakened by the smell of smoke. There was a fire in the garage, which quickly spread to the rest of the house - but not before Alice successfully evacuated the senior whom she was caring for, as well as the adult son. The house was burned to the ground, fed by a full tank of heating oil. Two cars in the driveway, one of them Alice’s, were melted. But thanks to Alice’s heroism, nobody was injured, except for the senior’s pet cat, which unfortunately perished. Alice, we think that you are wonderful!



Tama Lewis – Massachusetts Home Care Alliance 2009 Aide of the Year

The HCA has 150 member agencies employing over 19,000 home health aides, and one of our very own was chosen as the 2009 Home Care Star Award Aide of the Year. Tama embodies the essence of what every family wants in a home care aide: skill, good judgment, compassion, integrity, kindness, reliability, good humor, caring, wisdom, dedication, warmth and respect in dealing with seniors. She has been with Visiting Angels for five years, but like all our caregivers, she came to us with years of experience in giving care to seniors.

For four years she was the lead caregiver to a man named Joe, who had no family or friends to help in his declining years. Although he had Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, with Tama's care he was able to remain at home, where he wanted to be. When she came on the case, his health was declining rapidly despite ongoing medical attention. Soon Joe's deteriorating health began to improve as Tama made sure that he got a healthy diet and took his medications. His home got cleaner, and his appearance improved. Eventually Tama was joined by other caregivers, but she remained the lead person of the team that organized his life, did the shopping, got him to medical appointments, cleaned his house, prepared meals and kept him clean. With help from Tama and the rest of our team, Joe attended his Masons meetings, continued his treasured Saturday evening buffet at the Marriott, and visited places where he had spent his youth. When he developed pancreatic cancer, he died at home with Tama by his side. She was the closest thing to family that he had.

At Visiting Angels of Newton & Canton, we are proud of our reputation with our many referral sources and clients who note the excellence of our services and the quality of the people that we employ. That reputation rests on providing home care with men and women like Tama Lewis since 2004. As deserving as she is of the award, Visiting Angels has many other caregivers who are just as dedicated, give just as much of themselves, and who deserve their own awards. We salute Tama and all of the fine caregivers who work for us and allow seniors the joy of remaining at home where they want to be.

Visiting Angels Newton/Canton is an award-winning accredited home care agency that provides elder care services in Brookline, Newton, Needham, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Canton, Westwood, Dedham, Watertown, Natick, Wellesley, Stoughton, Roslindale, Norwood and nearby areas. If you aspire to be the best caregiver you can be, contact us at 617-795-2727 or fill out the form on our home care careers page.

If you are looking for the best home care services in the Newton/Canton area, contact us at 617-795-2727 or click the button below to tell us about your case. We're ready to help you!



Contact Visiting Angels




Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

Visiting Angels NEWTON/CANTON, MA
29 Crafts St #320
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260

Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

Visiting Angels NEWTON/CANTON, MA
29 Crafts St #320
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260