When Julie Reiter listened to her voice recorder, she heard a message that shocked her.
The voice on the recording told her she had won this year’s Pampered in Paradise trip. The vacation was Sequoia Senior Solutions’ top prize, a free, one-week stay at a time share condo in Kauai, plus two free roundtrip airline tickets.
“I just started screaming,” Julie said. “It was absolute pandemonium.”
Julie had to miss the barbecue when the winner was announced, so she got the news the next day on her voice recorder.
Julie has worked with us since 2010. Each year she and other employees have the opportunity to accrue points to compete for a trip to Hawaii. There are a number of ways to earn points and they include referring clients, volunteering for an event and reeling in testimonials about the great work you do.
“Winning the trip made me feel incredibly valued,” Julie said. She also said that Pampered in Paradise is just one of the many reasons Sequoia Senior Solutions has earned the North Bay Business Journal Best Places to Work Award for a total of nine years. The companies awarded are those whose employees give the best feedback regarding their jobs and their employers.
“It’s a great company, family-owned and family run,” Julie said. “Pampered in Paradise really inspires you to be a good employee and you feel like the company really values you.”
Julie took her mother, Lorie, on the trip with her. Together they explored the island of Kauai, and they were bewitched by its beauty.
“I’ve never had any island adventure before,” Julie said. “Kauai was something beyond belief.”
The island in the Central Pacific, is part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It is called “the Garden Isle” because of the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface.
On the North shore of Kauai, west of Princeville, is the town of Hanalei, which means “lei making.” It is where “South Pacific” was filmed, and Julie said it was particularly gorgeous.
“The rainforest in the area was absolutely breathtaking,” she said. “The beaches in Hanalei had both wet and dry caves, and one cave was called ‘The Blue Room.’ Light creates this iridescent glow and it’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.”
She and her mother also took a catamaran cruise to see Na Pali Coast’s picturesque mountain range.
“We did the sunset cruise and we could see the ridges and mountain tops and the greenery, the rainforest effect of the ridges, was just beautiful,” she said. “We also saw dolphins on the cruise, swimming alongside our boat.”
The duo also bicycled around the town of Kapaa with its beautiful paths showcasing the ocean, taking in gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
One unique highlight of the trip, Julie recalled, was sitting on a beach in Hanalei with a bag of bird seed and feeding the chickens.
“In California we don’t have chickens on our beaches so that was a unique feature for me – one of the most unique features of Hawaii.”
Julie said winning Pampered in Paradise meant the world to her, because caregiving requires a deep commitment to serve and summon up the best of humanity in a goodwill attitude each and every day. On any day, her work can range from companion care to the more heart-wrenching — caring for clients on Hospice in their final days.
Julie said caregiving is fulfilling but it can be challenging, which is why Pampered in Paradise is the sweetest way to rejuvenate the spirit of caregivers.