WASILLA — Laine Marrs is a longtime employee at the Wasilla Primrose Retirement Community. Her career began in high school and she’s essentially grown up around the job. It all stems from her love for helping people.
Below is a question and answer interview with Marrs, reflecting how she started her career in senior assistance and what it’s meant to her all these years.
Q:How long have you worked here?
A: “I’ve been here nine years. So, since 2010 and Primrose opened in 2009 so I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years… I was a CNA on the floor, then I transitioned into this position.”
Q: What is your current position?
A: “An administrative assistant. So, I just kind of help with day to day stuff; behind the scene stuff, with nursing, and in the office, helping with sales if need be, that kind of thing. So I’m just here to help.”
Q: What drew you to this line of work?
A: So, when I was in school they had a CNA class… So I took it at Mat-Su Career Tech and I loved it. I loved being able to help people. I remember Primrose driving by and I was like, ‘man, I’m gonna’ work there’ because it was brand new. So I applied and I ended up getting the job and I loved it. I love helping people. It’s just nice doing something I know is making a difference in somebody’s life.”
Q: How’s that been?
A: “I think it’s been five years since I’ve been in this position and it’s just nice because I still get to help out the residents on a day to day, not as much hands on but I get to help them in a different way. Before, when you’re on the floor, sometimes you don’t get a lot of time to talk to them and now I have time to actually talk to them and help them with the little things.”
Q: What’s some of your favorite things about working here?
A: I love the residents. It’s like we’re a family here. I bring my daughter in and everybody knows her, and I’m able to bring my daughter to spend time with them. I love all the staff. Everybody I work with is amazing, everything they do. I feel privileged to work with everybody.”
Q: So it really seems like this is the place you want to be?
A: “It is, yep; and I always tease because they’re like, ‘you’re not going to leave are you?’ and I’m like nah, I’m a lifer,” she said with a laugh. “I love it.”
Q: So, are you from the Valley?
A: “I went to Wasilla High and Wasilla Middle. Before that, we lived in Anchorage. My dad is in the military.”
Q: Do you think in any way his influence kind of made you think of service? Did that affect you at all?
A: “My dad’s always been the type to help anybody he sees you know? In the store, he would go up and talk to anybody and I feel like, him doing that, you know, same thing. I’m okay with going to anybody saying how’s your day going, do you need with anything, that type of thing.”
Q: Growing up, who were some people that were role models to you that steered you to who you are?
A: “Like I said, my dad you know? He’s the type to always come up and help anybody. My mom always taught me to be independent in everything I do. My sister, she was a good role model with everything, making good choices in life… So I would say my whole family ultimately.”
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