Never alone again!

Dubbo Photo News - - Lovin’ local -

IN to­day’s tech­ni­cal age when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with thou­sands of peo­ple can be as sim­ple as the push of a but­ton, iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness re­mains a ma­jor con­cern for many Aus­tralia se­niors.

The Oak Tree Re­tire­ment Vil­lage Group prides it­self on en­abling so­cial in­ter­ac­tion amongst res­i­dents. Many en­joy new found com­pan­ion­ship as they meet new and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple or rekin­dle old friend­ships amongst lo­cals that have sim­ply lost touch.

Like-minded peo­ple at a sim­i­lar stage of life come to­gether as neigh­bours en­joy­ing an eas­ier life­style. It comes nat­u­rally that the pop­u­lar com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties cre­ate the en­vi­ron­ment for res­i­dents to gather and so­cialise.

Po­si­tion: Cre­ator, Owner I got in­volved in busi­ness...

eight and half years ago. I started by teach­ing one class a week and now there are nine of us and we teach 30 classes a week – crazy!!

Our busi­ness is known for... Our best­selling prod­uct is...

our Spe­cial Needs, Kids and Se­niors pro­grams

My role in the busi­ness is... I man­age...

every as­pect of my busi­ness (ex­cept sched­ul­ing, that does my head in) as well as man­ag­ing all the fundrais­ing we do through my busi­ness for dif­fer­ent peo­ple and char­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to my staff, work­ing for me is... fun, ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing. I spend my down time...

in my bed watch­ing re­al­ity TV (there may or may not be a glass of wine in­volved), but I wish it was on a beach.

I’m in­spired by...

smiles and hugs from my se­niors, ba­bies and spe­cial needs par­tic­i­pants, they truly in­spire me every day.

On my be­side ta­ble is...

“Those who have made Oak Tree their home of­ten at­test to the fact that their so­cial lives have im­proved since mov­ing to one of our vil­lages. The friends they have made have helped them to feel hap­pier and less lonely,” said Oak Tree’s Man­ag­ing DREAMS’, and a thou­sand charg­ers.

In my opin­ion, the big­gest is­sue fac­ing small busi­nesses is...

com­pet­ing with larger com­pa­nies with a huge staff base and huge bud­gets for ad­ver­tis­ing. We are not in their league, so we have to get creative. My se­cret to suc­cess is... not giv­ing up, find­ing a way even when I don’t un­der­stand. Just keep slog­ging away at it, you’ll get there even­tu­ally even if it’s the long way.

I’m most proud of... cre­at­ing my very own orig­i­nal pro­gram Al­la­bilites­danz and of course all the fundrais­ing we do. The two that stand out are the fundraiser to buy Bar­nesy a new wheel­chair and when we re­cently raised al­most $30,000 to pur­chase a Lib­erty Swing (a swing for peo­ple in wheel­chairs).

If I could, I’d tell my 20-year-old self that... be­ing dyslexic and leav­ing

school at 14 doesn’t mean you can’t suc­ceed in the busi­ness world, as I be­lieved most of my adult life. Just be­cause you’re not aca­dem­i­cally smart, it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve. It may be harder, you most def­i­nitely won’t un­der­stand things, but don’t give up. Some­how, some way, you’ll get there. It’ll be the long way, you’ll have to work harder, but you WILL suc­ceed.

The best piece of ca­reer ad­vice I can of­fer is... think out­side the box!

Be creative! Don’t do what’s ex­pected! Never give up, even if you’re out of your depth! DREAM BIG!!

And if I wasn’t in my cur­rent role, I’d... maybe still be hair­dress­ing,

but I think I would have moved onto work­ing with se­niors, peo­ple with spe­cial needs and/or a dis­abil­ity – they truly are my pas­sion. Direc­tor Mr Mark Bin­don.

Join us at our Grand Open Day for ca­sual look around, tour the dis­play homes and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, meet the Di­rec­tors and seek an­swers to any ques­tions you may have.

PHOTO: WENDY MER­RICK

our work with spe­cial needs, se­niors and ba­bies, and for be­ing a fully in­clu­sive busi­ness. EV­ERY­THING LOL: from the books and pro­mo­tions to be­ing head chore­og­ra­pher, to man­ag­ing staff, teach­ing classes and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. One even said it’s been life chang­ing and such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence (hmmm re­mind me to give that one a pay rise lol). Jokes aside, I’m very so proud of my team!a pic­ture Erinn gave me for Christ­mas say­ing ‘IN­SPIRE PEO­PLE WITH YOUR

Of­fi­cially open: Oak Tree Re­tire­ment Vil­lage’s Grand Open Days are on Fri­day and Satur­day, Novem­ber 2 and 3, from 9am-2pm.

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