BAY News Of The Area was invited to the 8th Annual Eminent Residents Awards at Harbourside Haven on Australia Day and there was more than 70 residents in attendance.
The Award Ceremony was a part of the Australia Day festivities to honour those eminent residents who volunteer tirelessly, adding to the other residents’ happiness and comfort whilst living at Harbourside Haven.
“The Eminent resident awards are by election from other residents and are kept secret until the day of the ceremony,” Cath Gridland, the event’s organiser told Bay News Of The Area.
The tradition has been going for 10 years and the winners have their names placed in gold lettering on the honours board in the foyer of the Recreation Hall.
Harbourside has residents who have recently hit the 100 year mark as well as many in their mid to late 90s, all whom engage in the various activities, including croquet at the centre.
Two Awards were presented by the Chairman of the Board, Gerry Mohan, and the winners were Lillian Townsend and Joy Hart.
Joy Hart began life in Mascot and moved to Harbourside five years ago.
Ms Hart loves joining in everything and took on the huge job to organise the library and is now a full-time volunteer librarian.
Asked what Joy likes best about village life, Joy told Bay News Of The Area, “I love having no worries, I have good neighbours and friends in the village and Shoal Bay is a beautiful place to live.”
The second recipient was Lillian Townsend.
Ms Townsend was born in Weston and moved to Harbourside 10 years ago and began teaching art to the Harbourside residents.
Lillian also volunteers at the Hospital as a Pink Lady taking the afternoon teas.
She also volunteers at most functions and loves her life at Harbourside Haven.
“Where do you get such wonderful staff from? I have never heard a snarl or an unkind word from one of them,” Lillian asked Chairman, Gerry Mohan.
“What makes Harbourside unique is not only our wonderful residents but our wonderful staff who are just average, blue collar workers, who know how to treat others with love and respect,” Gerry Mohan replied.
Harbourside Haven is certainly a place where the residents feel a sense of safety, love and friendships within their community.
Catering on the day was by the residents and their families revealing more of the bonds of this inclusive community.
By Jewell DRURY