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Blakeney Lodge Registered Nurse recognised in Local Seniors Achievement Awards

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“Always look after others, and you will be satisfied with life.” Those are the words of wisdom from Marianne Provan, a Catholic Healthcare Registered Nurse and a humble recipient of yesterday’s Seniors Local Achievement Awards. Marianne was nominated for the local award by her colleagues at Blakeney Lodge, an aged care home in Tumut, for her resilient, caring nature and her constant drive to continue working 70 hours a fortnight, despite being in her early seventies. 

Marianne was presented the award by the local member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, as part of the many award ceremonies being held across NSW in celebration of Seniors Festival. “It’s just really heartwarming to know that these individuals in their senior years continue to contribute to our community,” says Maguire.

Alongside Marianne’s commitment to nursing, her limited hours not working are spent looking after her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I like to keep active, and you get more pleasure out of giving things to people than being non-active,” she comments.

Kerry Kelly, Residential Aged Care Manager of Blakeney Lodge took the lead in nominating Marianne for the award, after working with the humble nurse for more than 23 years. She says that despite Marianne’s incredible achievements, she continues to remain “undiscovered”. “We call Marianne our own ‘Mother Theresa’. She has this nature and wisdom that you just can’t learn in a textbook.” Seniors Local Achievement Award Ceremonies and celebrations will continue throughout this week until the Festival concludes on 15 April 2018.