Resident Interviews

Resident Interviews

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

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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Sort out your accommodation, if you can, before you get too old. Simply put, that was the message to middle aged women that Leith Park resident Kathleen Abram had when speaking to researchers as part of a project run by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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Valerie Aristar first discovered the quaint village of Rushall Park when she was a child. It was another 60 years before she ‘found’ her way back. Valerie has called Rushall Park home for almost 11 years and this year took over as librarian after the retirement of her friend, Joan Hutton.

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Mary Wallace is starting over at Currie Park OCAV’s village in Euroa. Her move to the village this year followed a few tough years that Mary doesn’t want to dwell on. She’s more interested in the future and what the next phase of her life at Currie Park has to offer. And so far so good.

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Pete Zawacki drove to Leith Park twice a week to visit his mother, Helen, until her death a year ago. After she died he wanted to honour her memory and ‘repay’ the kindness staff showed her by volunteering.

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