All in harmony

November 20, 2017

Entertainer Callum Gleeson and with Harmony Village staff member Karene Sutherland who dressed up for the occasion to the delight of residents.

Doutta Galla board director Terry Larkins, Doutta Galla general manager operations and service development Robyn Simpson and Harmony Village manager Sandy Paily.

Maree McKenna and Camille Kelly have been volunteering at the aged care facility for 20 years.

Elaine Gravina took Nettie Vogelpoel for a dance.

Elaine Gravina took Nettie Vogelpoel for a dance.

Every resident present at the recent Harmony Village 20th birthday celebrations joined in foot-tapping to the songs sung by entertainer Callum Gleeson.

An afternoon of fun entertainment was organised to commemorate the aged care facility’s humble beginnings when it was opened in December 1997, with 30 low-care beds and one individual respite bed.

Doutta Galla’s operations and service development general manager Robyn Simpson, who attended the ceremony, said the idea to build the facility was born during a women’s discussion group.

‘‘(They identified) the necessity for increased services in aged care, especially for the prominent ethnic population existing in the Goulburn Valley region,’’ she said.

Ms Simpson talked about the development and growth of the facility over the 20 years, during which a total of 80 independent living units have been built.

‘‘The project was designed and launched with much interest from the public in 2005,’’ Ms Simpson said.

Harmony Village leisure and lifestyle co-ordinator Joy Peters said the aged care facility had come a long way since its early days.

‘‘However, the care and service we endeavour to provide has always reflected an outstanding quality,’’ she said.

Ms Peters acknowledged Harmony Village’s volunteers, whom she referred to as the pillars of support for the facility.

‘‘(They have been) giving their time to share experiences and skills each and every day, working closely with our residents and enhancing the leisure and lifestyle program on offer. We thank you greatly,’’ she said.

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