Great Lakes Nursing Home 25-year staff reunion held in Bulahdelah

Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut with Julie Smith and Debbie Hurtado
Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut with Julie Smith and Debbie Hurtado

 

GREAT Lakes Nursing Home staff celebrated 25 years of serving the local community at a recent reunion held at Bulahdelah Bowling Club.

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More than 80 past and present staff members and their partners, including some who had travelled from as far away as Queensland, came together for a night of celebration, reminiscing and laughter.

Staff took a trip down memory lane as they viewed photographs from the past, including many of the residents whom they had cared for over the years.

Live music and dancing during the evening ensured the party continued into the early hours.

Director of Nursing Kath Freihaut said the reunion was organised to simply mark the occasion of the facility being 25 years old.

“It allowed everyone to get back together and discuss stories, and talk about what they are doing in their lives,” she said.

“I think we have all changed in some way in that time, so the highlight of the night was simply just catching up.”

The reunion was coordinated by Mrs Freihaut and Mrs Jane Carryer, who began organising the event and tracking down their colleagues many months ago.

“The nursing home has employed hundreds of staff over its 25-year history,” Mrs Freihaut said.

“We currently have 58 staff members, and six of those have been here since we first opened.”

Speeches during the formal part of the evening highlighted the dedication of the staff and the enjoyable and supportive working environment.

The celebrations continued with a reunion cake cut by Mrs Freihaut and former Director of Nursing Debe Brassey.

As the evening progressed, the reunion showed that the spirit of togetherness amongst the staff, both young and old and past and present, was still going strong.

The Great Lakes Aged Care facility opened in Bulahdelah on 9 December, 1991.

 

By Daniel SAHYOUN

David Schlenert, Debbie Hurtado, Anna McKendry, Diane Schlenert, Beatrice Weekes, Therese Coleman and Wayne Coleman.
David Schlenert, Debbie Hurtado, Anna McKendry, Diane Schlenert, Beatrice Weekes, Therese Coleman and Wayne Coleman.

 

Staff Reunion: Michael Pell, Tom Blackwood, Tony Bramble and Steve Pell.
Staff Reunion: Michael Pell, Tom Blackwood, Tony Bramble and Steve Pell.

 

Great Lakes Nursing Home past and present staff at the 25-year reunion.
Great Lakes Nursing Home past and present staff at the 25-year reunion.

 

Former Director of Nursing Debe Brassey with current Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut. ( left) : Staff Reunion: Diane Schlenert, Sue Battle, Kim Gregory, Lorraine Gladys, Jo Sackley, Tony Bramble and Pam Rowe. ( right)
Former Director of Nursing Debe Brassey with current Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut. ( left) : Staff Reunion: Diane Schlenert, Sue Battle, Kim Gregory, Lorraine Gladys, Jo Sackley, Tony Bramble and Pam Rowe. ( right)

 

: Debbie Hurtado, Whitney Thompson, Alison Benson, Sarah Malone and Keahne Hurtado at the Nursing Home staff reunion.
: Debbie Hurtado, Whitney Thompson, Alison Benson, Sarah Malone and Keahne Hurtado at the Nursing Home staff reunion.

 

Nigel Weekes, Beatrice Weekes and Kerry Thompson at the Nursing Home staff reunion.
Nigel Weekes, Beatrice Weekes and Kerry Thompson at the Nursing Home staff reunion.

 

Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut and Former Director of Nursing Debe Brassey cut the reunion cake.
Director of Nursing Kathryn Freihaut and Former Director of Nursing Debe Brassey cut the reunion cake.

 

Staff members Jo Sackley and Sue Battle at the 25-year reunion.
Staff members Jo Sackley and Sue Battle at the 25-year reunion.

 

Great Lakes Aged Care staff at the 25-year reunion held at Bulahdelah Bowling Club.
Great Lakes Aged Care staff at the 25-year reunion held at Bulahdelah Bowling Club.

 

A 25-year photo history of Great Lakes Nursing Home took guests on a trip down memory lane.
A 25-year photo history of Great Lakes Nursing Home took guests on a trip down memory lane.

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