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Thank you 20,000 times to Life Care’s skilled and devoted volunteers

Published: 01 Jun 2014


Over the past year, Life Care’s volunteers have dedicated 20,200 hours of service in support of our aged care services.

The varying skills and commitment of our 221 volunteers have contributed greatly to the quality of care that defines Life Care. They fill essential roles in delivering the philosophy of helping people in our care to Live Every Day.

Among those to recently congratulate our volunteers for their service over the past 12 months was Mrs Liz Scarce, the wife of the Governor of South Australia.

Mrs Scarce joined Life Care Board Directors, Executive and Management personnel at the annual Volunteer Luncheon in May to formally recognise the people who willingly devote their time to support staff and enhance the spirit of community in our facilities and services.

It was an occasion to celebrate personal milestones in service, but also to acknowledge the contribution of each individual who wears a Life Care volunteer badge.

Mrs Scarce spoke about the power of “passion and commitment that are the right reasons to volunteer.”

Mrs Scarce reflected on her years of volunteering in schools, religious education and aged care saying:

“It is the best thing I have done. It makes me feel very humble. “Sometimes the smallest thing you do as a volunteer can change a person’s life. Never let me hear you say that you are just a volunteer.”

To rousing applause, she added: “You should be so proud of what you do!”

Life Care’s Chairman, John Stock OAM, Chief Executive Officer, Allen Candy, and General Manager Residential Services, Derek Dittrich, thanked and congratulated the volunteers.

Allen also announced that Raelene Madden would be retiring from her position as Residential Services Manager at Reynella Lodge to take on a new role as Life Care’s Manager of Volunteers.

“We aim to make volunteering in Life Care even more rewarding,” he said.

Volunteers who reached personal milestones of service received certificates from Life Care Directors Alan Young, Anne Lawson, John Olson and Graeme Murley.

2014 Service Awards:

Aldinga Beach Court

  • Marylin Smith, Wendy Steel, Libby Houston and Jamie-Lee Cross (5 years)
  • Ian Richter and Pam Second (10 years)

Parkrose Village

  • Margaret Hamilton, Judith and Barry Wills (10 years)
  • Glenda Green (15 years)
  • Audrey Jolly (25 years)

Reynella Lodge

  • Allan Thompson and Lesley Schilling (5 years)
  • Mary Freund, Andrea Hanson, Jan Nockolds and Jean Young (10 years)

Glenrose Court

  • Deborah Wotherspoon and Herbert Schmidt (5 years)
  • Lyn Craig (10 years)

Roselin Court

  • David Shaw, Leonie Shaw and Trevor Shaw (5 years)