When Subhash Chander arrived in Australia from India in 2007, he could speak virtually no English and was unemployed. In 2008, village manager at Living Choice Glenhaven, Gail Eyres, gave him his first lucky break, employing him as an Assistant to the Manager of Ground Care & Maintenance, Dave Simmonds. Just one year later, Living Choice won its first major garden award at the Hills Shire Council’s Garden Competition, part of the Orange Blossom Festival.

Fast forward to December 2016 when Gail entrusted the position of Manager Ground Care & Maintenance to Subhash. Together with his team of Dave Singh, Matthew Sismey and Bali Brar, plus an army of supportive residents, Subhash set to work and the gardens flourished.

Gail entered the village’s communal gardens into the 2017 Sydney Hills Garden Competition and also encouraged residents to enter their gardens too. At the awards evening held on 22 September, Living Choice Glenhaven not only took out the top award in its category but individual residents won two first places in their categories, plus a host of 2nd, highly commended and commended awards. Residents’ Chairman, Terry Oliver, attended the awards ceremony and had so many awards to carry, they filled three large bags!

Gail praised the members of the gardening team for their outstanding efforts over the past year and said Subhash was already hatching a plan to ensure the award stays at Glenhaven in 2018. She paid tribute to the many green-fingered residents, including those who tended the veggie garden, for their enthusiasm and pride in their village. “The residents have also been wonderful mentors to Subhash over the years.”

Award winners:

Industrial, Commercial or Institutional Garden – 1st Living Choice Retirement Village.
Good Neighbour Garden – 1st Bob & Robyn Junor & Jeanette Thompson; 2nd Stella Schultz & Judy Watson.
Senior Citizen’s Townhouse or Courtyard Garden – 1st Stella Schultz, 2nd Bob & Robyn Junor, 3rd Don & Barbara Hazeltine. Highly Commended Jilly & Ralph Warren. Commended Lou & Maria Castellan, Brenda & Brian Cocker, Tony & Robyn Davidson, Wal & Joan De Launey, Mario & Audrey Gerardi, Marjorie & Harry Kensell, Lyn Kentwell, Renate Stellar.
Specialty Garden or Feature – Glenhaven Village Garden Group (Vegetable Garden).

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