Life mem­bers at Marire

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Years of ded­i­ca­tion to Marire Home Inc were recog­nised last month when two long­stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, Mary Gar­lick and Michael Walsh were awarded life mem­ber­ship.

Mary first came into con­tact with Marire in the mid 1980s when she was work­ing as a dis­trict nurse.

Back then dis­trict nurses vis­ited rest homes to give nurs­ing care to res­i­dents.

In the mid 1990s Mary was ap­pointed as one of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lo­cal Angli­can Church on the Marire trust.

“This was be­fore the ap­point­ment of the first nurse man­ager at Marire, at a time when trus­tees were more in­volved and hands on. With my nurs­ing back­ground I was of­ten asked to come in and lis­ten to res­i­dents with con­cerns, and oc­ca­sion­ally also to ‘have a chat’ with res­i­dents who’s be­hav­iour was caus­ing staff con­cerns.”

Mary says she has al­ways en­joyed her in­volve­ment with Marire, and is proud of the care.

“It is care that is ‘car­ing’ rather than prof­it­driven. As an em­ployer, Marire is a place which treats staff well and en­cour­ages them with train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Michael says he first joined the board of Marire in 1999 as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the lo­cal Catholic church.

“Vol­un­teers did a lot at the home over the years,” he says. He was in­volved in re­fur­bish­ing the rooms over the years.

In 2004, Michael was elected chair­man of Marire Home Inc and in 2007 was in­volved with the for­ma­tion of Age Care Cen­tral which now leases Marire.

Michael says he still en­joys be­ing in­volved with Marire, and helping in any way needed.

“I have en­joyed do­ing what­ever I have been asked to do to help the el­derly who are in need of help.”

Guests who at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion of the life mem­ber­ships saw three rooms which have re­cently been re­fur­bished. Michael says as well as be­ing re­fur­bished, the rooms have been en­larged, with a van­ity unit in­stalled as well.

Michael and Mary with their life mem­ber­ships.

Some of the newly re­fur­bished rooms were open for in­spec­tion.

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