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Read about the wonderful people living, working and volunteering in our villages. They each bring life and energy to our thriving village communities.

The two new developments at Leith Park and Rushall Park have been shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Architecture Awards in the Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing category.

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Life has not always been easy for Isabel Pollock, but one thing is certain, keeping busy and independent makes all the difference.

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What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were in lockdown, a time many of us found unsettling and difficult. As I write this, I am enjoying the sunshine and making the most of walking around without a mask, admiring the gardens, and catching up with residents and staff I have not seen face to face for far too long.

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Everyone has a story to tell, and no one more than Liscombe House resident Don Simpson. Ever a true gentleman, Don is a quiet achiever who rarely talks about himself. We are honoured to tell his story for him.

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On May 12, Damian Davies will do what he always does. He will clock onto the evening shift at Liscombe House, receive the detailed handover notes, have a chat with his team, and start settling the residents in for the night.

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Mani Chilli Chicken .

March 10, 2021

I have chosen this recipe because it was my Mothers  favourite dish. One of my strongest memories was when she taught me how to cook it. I was eight.  

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Kim D’Angelis is OCAV’s Volunteer Coordinator. One of her favourite memories is her nunna Vinnie cooking Sunday lunch.

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Grace Chu is an accountant at OCAV. She is was born and raised in Shanghai, born and raised. Her culture has had a huge influence on her cooking.

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Yvonne was born in Beverwijk in Northern Holland. Although she and her husband moved to Australia in 1979, her family has returned many times to the Netherlands over the years .

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Marika Pedrioli is the Head Gardener at Rushall Park. Her choice for the Taste of Harmony Festival is fried semolina gnocchi with Napoli.

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Sanctuary is how artist Gillian Coates describes her home at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa. “When I go to Melbourne and I am heading back to Euroa, I can’t wait to get home to the peacefulness of this place. It is like a sanctuary for me."

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