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St. Mary’s Villa Dubbo celebrates 40th year of caring for seniors

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Taylor Jurd, Daily Liberal, 28 October 2018
St. Mary’s Villa Dubbo celebrated its 40th year of caring for Dubbo’s seniors on Friday.

Residents and guests celebrated the day with a happy hour in the garden, as well as music, nibblies and music.

Staff and residents made heartfelt speeches on their memories over the years.
Originally operated by St. Vincent De Paul, St. Mary’s Villa was transferred to Catholic Healthcare in 2007, a leading not-for-profit aged care provider.

There are 49 residents from St Mary’s Villa and manager Di Thomas said the anniversary was a great way to celebrate 40 years of providing care in Dubbo. “It’s been a really lovely day,” she said.

St Mary’s Villa diversional therapy manager Bec Higgs agreed saying the residents want for nothing and that the care provided was outstanding.  “The residents and staff are what makes a place, not bricks and mortar,” she said.

“It’s them that what makes this a home and community.”

Ms Higgs said they are blessed to work with such dedicated, strong people and Ms Thomas couldn’t agree more. “We’re like a family, everyone is unique and we care and love each other, we’re very lucky,” Ms Thomas said.

Some staff have been working at the residential aged care for 30 years, including Roxeanne O’Sullivan who said she was proud to work with such diverse, multi-cultural colleagues.