Resident Interviews

Resident Interviews

Read about some of the amazing people living at our four villages.

Dina Van Dyk promised her husband, John, before he died, that she would live a ‘useful’ life. She has certainly fulfilled that promise. In less than a year she has found herself safe and secure housing, established friendships and put her hand up to run the Residents’ Committee at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa.

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Artist Joan Rodriquez was almost 80 before she got ‘a room of her own’. For most of her colourful life she eked out periods of solitude for painting amongst work, children and the general ebb and flow of domestic life. But that changed a few years ago when she moved from an independent unit, which she had shared with her partner, into a light-filled apartment.

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Lorraine Foster has lived all over Australia, but has ended up at Braeside Park, a stone’s throw from her first family home at Berwick. She moved into the OCAV village 18 months ago and hopes it will be her last move.

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Kenny White, renowned Australian blues and jazz musician, has made music and friendship connections with a lot of people at Rushall Park. He loves walking around the village, meeting the new arrivals and through conversations, making connections.

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It’s almost 75 years since Avis Wadmore joined the military to help out during the Second World War. She spent two years as a teleprinter operator with the Air Force in Adelaide.

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Every Monday and on several nights through the year Michelle Nye is an all singing, all dancing ‘showgirl’, on those days and nights she sings and dances, dresses in silk, satin and sequins and has the time of her life.

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Razia Ross can hear the groundswell of concern about climate change all around the world, including at OCAV’s Rushall Park village. She and a few other residents recently joined thousands of people, including school students, in the Climate Strike in March.

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Helen Shearer has an enviable address. She lives in one of Rushall Park’s beautiful Laidlaw Cottages, built in 1891, shaded by one of the village’s two Queensland Firewheel trees.

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Friendship helped Iren Miskolczy live with her grief when she first came to Currie Park more than a decade ago. Now friendship is helping her through the difficult stage of ageing and frailty.

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Ross’s search for meaning

February 27, 2019

Ross Courtney has lived an adventurous, and often ‘fearless’ life, leaving England for Australia at 18, then travelling and living around her adopted country and through much of the world searching for meaning

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CEO Phillip Wohlers has overseen some big changes at OCAV. But their model of personalised care and community building is something that won't change under his 'watch'.

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