After 19 years of service to Living Choice and the residents, much-loved staff member, Jane Fisher, has retired to spend more time with her family and grandchildren in Tweed Heads and perhaps enjoy some quiet time fishing.
Jane was farewelled at an afternoon function at Living Choice Glenhaven, where she has spent most of her time in recent years. In a testament to her popularity, the bistro area was jam-packed with residents who wanted to wish Jane well in her retirement. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many residents at a function,” said Regional Manager, Gail Eyres.
Several staff members also attended and those who could not travel to NSW sent video messages. A continuous loop of photos taken of Jane over the years was also featured on the TV screen.
Jane has held many roles since joining Living Choice in 2003. At first, she was a Carer at Living Choice Twin Waters and that role shaped everything she did as she was an exceptionally caring person. Other roles included Social Activities Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Receptionist, Sales Consultant and relief Village Manager.
Most recently at Glenhaven, she was stationed at the front desk and her laugh could be heard throughout the leisure centre.
While working in the Marketing department, she assisted with arranging Open Days, photo shoots and chaperoning former Ambassador, John Wood. On hearing about her retirement, John said he would “Facetime” her to wish her well.
At the farewell, Gail Eyres thanked Jane for her service to Living Choice and shared some stories of the times they had worked together in sales, helping many residents to find their “forever home”. Gail thanked Jane for the support she had provided to both her and other staff members.
“Jane will be sadly missed, however we are very happy for Jane to be able to enjoy the freedom of retirement, just as our residents do. We wish Jane much happiness and new adventures in her new home and we look forward to seeing her when she visits,” she added.
Last weekend, Jane packed up her car and set off for Tweed Heads, marking the end of an era for both Jane and Living Choice. When we spoke to her on Monday, she said it had been hard to leave and she thanked everyone for their beautiful cards and messages. In typical Jane fashion, she had already met her neighbours and will no doubt make many new friends.
Enjoy your retirement, Jane – we will miss you.
PHOTOS BY MAL DUGGAN & GAIL EYRES