Car­ing Carol a shin­ing ex­am­ple

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AGED care worker Carol El­liott is Yorke Penin­sula’s Em­ployee of the Year. The en­rolled nurse from Barunga Vil­lage, at Port Broughton, was recog­nised at the 2010 Yorke Penin­sula Cel­e­bra­tion of Em­ploy­ment Awards ear­lier this month.

She has been em­ployed at the re­tire­ment vil­lage, aged care cen­tre and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing fa­cil­ity since 1997 and has worked in sev­eral roles.

She co-or­di­nates the health team to as­sess, plan, im­ple­ment and eval­u­ate pro­grams for res­i­dents in her cur­rent po­si­tion as con­ti­nence nurse.

She also has men­tored other staff and is study­ing a bach­e­lor of nurs­ing through a schol­ar­ship awarded by the Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Barunga Vil­lage was also named the Medium-sized Em­ployer of the Year at the awards, which ac­knowl­edge the work of busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees in the Yorke Penin­sula com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity-owned, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides work in a range of in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing aged care, ad­min­is­tra­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity and trades, for more than 60 staff.

Busi­ness man­ager Mau­reen Cof­fey says an or­gan­i­sa­tion is only as good as its peo­ple.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic that our peo­ple, be­ing staff, res­i­dents, vol­un­teers, fam­i­lies and friends, have been recog­nised for their good work as part of the Yorke Penin­sula com­mu­nity,’’ she says.

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