MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE

With a gen­uine af­fec­tion for peo­ple and a strong car­ing in­stinct, Sharon Mcmanus plays an im­por­tant role as man­ager of the Oak Tree Dar­ling Heights re­tire­ment com­mu­nity.

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Born and raised in Toowoomba, Sharon’s fam­ily has lived in the Gar­den City since 1944. “They say home is where the heart is and that is cer­tainly true for me,” Sharon said. “I feel com­fort­able liv­ing and work­ing here and en­joy be­ing close to my mother Merle, my daugh­ter Natasha and her three young boys, and my son Jamie who is based in Bris­bane.” Sharon was work­ing as a mo­tel man­ager when she was asked to man­age the Oak Tree re­tire­ment vil­lage in Baker Street, Toowoomba. She was re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing the 57 vil­las in the com­plex and felt ex­cited about tak­ing over the man­age­ment of Oak Tree’s Dar­ling Heights vil­lage, lo­cated next door. “My work with Oak Tree Re­tire­ment Vil­lages is the most re­ward­ing I have ever done and it is fab­u­lous to see res­i­dents blos­som­ing while liv­ing in­de­pen­dently in a com­mu­nity pur­pose-built to help peo­ple to age com­fort­ably. “I en­joy as­sist­ing res­i­dents to tran­si­tion into the re­laxed and car­ing Oak Tree way of life, over­see­ing day-to-day op­er­a­tions and or­gan­is­ing so­cial events. It is lovely to see res­i­dents en­joy­ing the new chap­ter in their lives, mak­ing friends, try­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties and en­joy­ing more free time.” Oak Tree Toowoomba is a rel­a­tively “young” vil­lage with the av­er­age age of res­i­dents around 70. “The peo­ple liv­ing at Oak Tree Toowoomba are part of a close-knit com­mu­nity. While res­i­dents re­spect each other’s pri­vacy, there is a great sense of be­long­ing along with the re­as­sur­ance of main­te­nance-free liv­ing in a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment. “Peo­ple come to Oak Tree Toowoomba from all lo­ca­tions and walks of life. Some are from Syd­ney and Port Mac­quarie while oth­ers are farm­ing folk who have moved in from the coun­try. Res­i­dents en­joy a lot of sup­port and en­joy the ben­e­fits of liv­ing in a vil­lage that is close to shop­ping cen­tres, med­i­cal ser­vices and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Oak Tree is like a fam­ily and we all be­long.”

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