JACARANDA Village has held their ‘Years of Service Awards’ presentation which acknowledged and celebrated the significant milestones achieved by staff in their chosen careers.
Mildura Mayor, Jason Modica, was guest of honour and presented the awards to the proud recipients, whose service ranged from 10 to 40 years working as carers and health professionals.
“I am really pleased to be able to present these awards to people who have served their community and the people who live in Jacaranda Village − an organisation which has enjoyed a wonderful reputation for a long time,” Cr Modica said.
“They are to be congratulated on the time and effort that they have put into the service of their community and to be a part of lives of everybody who lives here.
“I think that everyone here is looking forward to a wonderful Christmas and a time to be able to enjoy themselves − it has been a very tough year − and it’s good to see that we have all come to the end of it.”
Notable among the recipients was 40-year health care veteran and nurse, Diane Rogerson, who today is part of the senior management team at Jacaranda Village.
“I have seen a lot of changes in the nursing field over the years. When I started nursing it was at the Red Cliffs hospital, and we had a Matron who wore a white uniform and a hat and you stood up when she walked in,” Diane said.
“At that hospital we were the first in the district to introduce IVF, which was a really big thing, and we conducted a lot of surgery and delivery of babies, and eventually we became a nursing home when there was a change of government.
“The spirit at Jacaranda Village is very caring, everyone here looks after each other, and we love our clients. I have worked here in a number of roles, including as a nurse and cottage supervisor, and now I am part of the management team, which sees me co-ordinating funding and admissions and I liaise with families.”
Diane said that there is a very strong community interest in Red Cliffs with Jacaranda Village, which is an important part of the district. “The community focus in Red Cliffs with Jacaranda Village is huge,” she said.
“It’s been a difficult year for everybody with the COVID lockdown, and to be able to welcome families back into the village recently, has been lovely and there were a few tears.
“Many of our families had missed out on some milestones of residents including birthdays, and everyone − all of the family and friends, have just been fantastic. ”
“During that time we have maintained our COVID safe rules, because at the end of the day, we all want to get back to normal as soon as possible.”