Marco and I had the privilege of hosting the Director’s luncheon at our Goodna village last week. The idea is that the boys and I take the opportunity to give back to our residents and recognise their importance to us. We also get to see residents who we often miss on our visits – they may be working, on holidays or off with family. A number of these events are scheduled over the next month or so in our villages and are a highlight for us.
We had a great day enjoying some lasagna and salad as well as a famous Italian dessert – Tiramisu. For those who don’t know, Tiramisu translated literally means ‘pick me up’. It occurred to me that this was how I felt on arriving at the village yesterday. Why?
There are in fact a number of reasons and it’s the same feeling I get when going into all our villages. It’s about the gardens and landscaping, especially when we see the ‘residents’ touch’. In our Goodna village we have a very active residents group that works on the gardens. I must make mention of Gaylene and Judy who really drive the process there with a real sense of ownership. The results are amazing and to see all the residents taking pride in their village is very moving. It’s also about the sense of community through the enjoyment of a meal together. The smiling faces, the warmth, the gratitude all make it special for us. The weather always helps too and recently it has been no exception – beautiful Queensland weather.
We really do take pride in our villages – I must make mention of our management team at Goodna who are doing an amazing job….John, Marlene & Czaba – Well done!
A big thank you to all of our Goodna residents for making our Director’s luncheon a great day.
Speaking of gardens, if you look in our News section you will see a piece on the recent award our Rockhampton (Park Avenue) village won. More on this from me next week.