Giv­ing the gift of a happy life

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­[email protected]­ton­

ONE of Gat­ton’s own has been recog­nised at a na­tional level for the ded­i­ca­tion and care she puts into her work.

Gat­ton Regis life­style co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Ha­gan was recog­nised last month in Novem­ber at Regis Aged Care’s An­nual Na­tional Awards for her tire­less work to give res­i­dents the best life pos­si­ble.

Ms Ha­gan has been part of the Gat­ton team for more than 10 years and na­tional vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor/ life­style sup­port worker Kim Savas said she played an in­te­gral part of res­i­dents’ lives.

“No mat­ter the task that’s given to her, Deb works like a trooper and gets the job done,” Ms Savas said.

“It’s an hon­our to have her on board.” Ms Ha­gan’s nom­i­na­tion for the Out­stand­ing Fa­cil­ity Ser­vice Award was one of more than 5000 sub­mit­ted by staff, res­i­dents and fam­i­lies for the awards.

Ms Ha­gan never ex­pected to win the award as the work she car­ried out with the res­i­dents was its own re­ward.

“I hon­estly ex­pected to be the run­ner-up,” Ms Ha­gan said.

“It was very hum­bling – I just work, I’m for­tu­nate that I love my job and I love be­ing with these folks here.”

Her work en­sures res­i­dents en­joy the best life pos­si­ble at the fa­cil­ity and her tire­less ef­forts have em­pow­ered res­i­dents to win prizes at the Gat­ton Show, take out lo­cal gar­den­ing com­pe­ti­tions and be part of var­i­ous lo­cal and life­style ac­tiv­i­ties

“Their lives do not stop when they come in those doors,” she said.

“Some of them ac­tu­ally com­ment to us that their life ex­pands be­cause some of the things we do with them they’ve never done be­fore.”

Ms Ha­gan said her pas­sion for her work came from see­ing the pos­i­tives it cre­ated every day.

“I just love be­ing here and mak­ing their lives more com­fort­able and hap­pier,” she said.

Their lives don’t stop when they come in those doors.

— De­bra Ha­gan


DE­SERVED: Regis Gat­ton life­style co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Ha­gan was awarded the Out­stand­ing Fa­cil­ity Ser­vice Award in Mel­bourne last month.

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