In an era where the average worker will change jobs several times, this week Anglican Care will farewell a staff member with more than 30 years of service to the organisation.
Community Care Coordinator Karin Williams retires this week after dedicating 32 years of her life to the health and wellbeing of the residents and clients of Anglican Care.
Karin commenced her nursing training at Royal Newcastle Hospital and has celebrated a career that has taken her all over Australia and the world; including a role in the outback working for the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
Karin began her aged care career at CA Brown Nursing Home & Hostel in 1981. She was later promoted to Charge Sister and Acting Deputy Director of Nursing. After a break in 1986 for maternity leave, she recommenced with Anglican Care in 1987, eventually taking on a Nursing Unit Manager position in 1992.
Most recently, Karin has been a Community Care Coordinator assisting elderly clients to remain independent and live at home longer. A highlight for Karin has been the camaraderie among staff within Anglican Care.
“I have worked with some wonderful managers and they have been fantastic mentors for me,” Karin said.
“It has also been very satisfying being able to assist our clients to live their lives as they wish, with independence for as long as possible.”
Karin’s lengthy commitment to Anglican Care has seen her work with every CEO and Administrator, the only exception being inaugural CEO George Wright.
“Karin’s contribution is highly valued and her dedication to the residents and staff has been exceptional. She will certainly be missed,” said current CEO, Colin Osborne.
“It is simply wonderful to be the head of an organisation that continuously has employees notching up 20, 25 and 30 years of service. We certainly wish Karin the best in her retirement.”
The Greater Building Society also recently honoured its two longest serving staff members who have both clocked up 40 years service.
Gail Smith and Bill Brandon were last week presented with gift vouchers, a certificate of service and a plaque by Greater Building Society chairman Wayne Russell and CEO Don Magin in recognition of their dedication to the company and its customers.
Gail started in the typing pool and is now executive assistant to the CEO and Board. Bill began as a clerk in head office and is now the lending services' system and administration manager.
A total of 66 of The Greater's 800 staff have worked for the company for 20 years or more. Between them they have undertaken more than 1,650 years of service.
Image | Karin Williams