Head­ing for her re­tire­ment

Af­ter 36 years and eight months, Ju­dith Joice says good­bye to the hos­pi­tal

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

SAY­ING good­bye won’t be easy af­ter work­ing for 36 years and eight months but Ju­dith Joice has re­tired from her po­si­tion at Childers Hos­pi­tal.

Her ca­reer started back in Jan­uary 1979 in the laun­dry at the old hos­pi­tal.

Over the years Mrs Joice washed, ironed and folded hun­dreds of uni­forms and hos­pi­tal linen.

The teary eyed Mrs Joice thanked hos­pi­tal staff and said she had en­joyed work­ing at the hos­pi­tal.

“I have seen a lot of changes over the decades and step­ping into the role of act­ing cook su­per­vi­sor was chal­leng­ing,” she said.

Mrs Joice met her hus­band Neil Joice at the hos­pi­tal. He was a wards­man.

Pauline Wil­liams, a co-worker said Judy was a hard worker and a per­fec­tion­ist.

“In all the time I have known her, she barely took a day off work,” she said.

“She must have thou­sands of sick days ow­ing,” she said with a gig­gle.

Act­ing di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Deb Davis said Judy worked tire­lessly over the years in the hos­pi­tal kitchen and she must have cooked for ev­ery per­son in Childers.

“She was a role model to oth­ers and had high stan­dards for staff work­ing with her,” she said.

Se­nior media of­fi­cer for the hos­pi­tal Chris McLough­lin said on be­half of the ex­ec­u­tive: “We want to thank you for all your ef­fort over the years”.

“She will be missed by many peo­ple here at the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“Judy will be dearly missed by all the staff and many of the pa­tients here at the hos­pi­tal and I wish her all the best.”

Mrs Joice was over­whelmed by her morn­ing tea, gifts and flow­ers for her re­tire­ment.

“I’m not sure what I am go­ing to do yet,” she said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

FOND FAREWELL: Childers Hos­pi­tal staff celebrate Ju­dith Joice’s long ca­reer. (Front) Allan White, Brenda Vacher, Ju­dith Joice, Hazel Car­pen­ter, Pauline Wil­liams, Denise Pratt, Ruth Gill, Julie Rollinson, Cathy Higgins, (back) An­gelic Dominko, Wendy Ryan, Bill Meyer, Deb Davis, Than­dek­ile Machek­era, Faye McKnight, Muriel Leavey, Ash­lynn An­dr­goli and Heather McMa­hon.

Staff cel­e­brated Ju­dith Joice’s re­tire­ment in style.

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