As the saying goes, “not all heroes wear capes”.
This statement certainly applies to our hard-working team at Jemalong Residential Village.
We’ve seen on the news the devastation the recent major floods brought to the Forbes region.
Although Jemalong Residential Village was never under threat, many of the employees that work there have been personally affected by the floods.
Just imagine being given an evacuation warning that you need to leave your home now or risk being cut off!
Many of our employees, despite going through their own personal challenges, put all of that aside so they could continue to come to work to care for residents.
Jemalong employee, Annemarie Randall's car submerged in floodwater
Registered Nurse, Rebecca Cassidy, worked a double shift; working night shift and then continuing to work until 2:00pm the next day.
Employees, Cathy Slessor, Jo Robinson and Judy Prior worked on the floor to assist residents, instead of their usual work responsibilities.
Ten staff members took two hours to get to work (instead of their usual five-minute journey) because they needed to get to work via a fire truck or a boat.
Staff even moved from their homes on the south side to stay with friends and family on the north side so they could continue to come to work.
And there are many more examples of hard-work, dedication, and selfless acts by our Jemalong Residential team members who continue to live and breathe our Mission and Values.
To all of us at Catholic Healthcare, the Jemalong Residential Village team are heroes!
Jemalong employee, Helen Dumbrell arriving home after work