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Keep in touch with what is happening in The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria community. Each edition we feature profiles of the people who make up our villages and discuss village developments, and broader issues that affect ageing Victorians. Click the 'Subscribe' button above.

A long road to the kitchen

December 16, 2018

Abel Liam says his love of cooking came from his mum, Merian. She taught him to cook half a century ago after his older sisters had moved out of the family home in the Philippines. But it was a long time before it became a job.

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Looking for a drink that will pack a punch at your Christmas gathering, then try this Punch Infernal by Cocktail historian Sebastian Raeburn. This cocktail recipe was inspired by the closing cocktail from the 1853 Old Colonists' Dinner at the Criterion Hotel.

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OCAV congratulates Daniel Andrews’ Victorian Government on its emphatic victory in the recent state election, and looks forward to working closely with the Government to ensure positive outcomes for older Victorians

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OCAV has received a grant from the Ian Currie Rollo Estate Foundation’s Caring for Rural Australians program to pilot Virtual Reality technology in Currie Park, our retirement village in Euroa.

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OCAV has launched a Christmas Appeal in a bid to continue the wellbeing program, which is running out of funding. The wellbeing program, which received a one-off start-up grant, offers a range of ‘services’ including pet therapy, music and art, to residents at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility.

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Plans are well underway to celebrate OCAV’s 150th anniversary next year. A range of celebrations is being organised to mark the historic milestone including a history road show, village open days, and the inaugural George Coppin lecture.

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The past year has been significant for OCAV on many fronts from embracing new research, increasing the number of volunteers actively involved in all our villages, through to advocating for more affordable housing, ending ageism, and highlighting our approach to palliation.

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Bruce McKay has all the characteristics of a good Santa. He has a full silver beard, a big heart, describes himself as portly and would like to grant health and happiness to all the residents he has come to know at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged-care facility.

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As we count down to the festive season, I am reminded how important friends and families are, as well as the sense of belonging to a community.
It is true to say that the importance of community is keenly felt by all our residents, staff and volunteers. For some, the arrival at OCAV has brought them renewed purpose of life; for others, they have made new friends or rekindled old friendships; for almost all our residents they have a ...

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Lorraine Egan stepped back in time during a recent visit to Rushall Park village with her Glen Waverley Probus Club. Walking past cottages in Grice and Fripp Avenues, Lorraine was taken back to another era when her two great aunts lived in the village.

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For someone who wants to be a history academic volunteer Liam Nixon is getting some invaluable grass roots learning at OCAV’s Leith Park village.

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