Resident Interviews

Resident Interviews

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

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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Ann Greenwood might be a newcomer to OCAV’s Braeside Park village in Berwick, but in the art world, she has been admired as a textile artist for decades. Ann has spent much of her life telling stories and creating ideas using thread as her medium, firstly as a weaver and then as an embroiderer.

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Age is no barrier to a lot of things – including social activism and two Rushall Park residents are evidence of the willingness of ageing Australians to try and make the world a better place.

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Veronica Andrew takes seriously the old adage, ‘get back on your bike’. In recent years she has had some pretty serious falls and injuries but works hard to get herself up and riding again. She loves riding her adult tricycle around not just for the beneficial exercise, but for the chance to better see the people, places and gardens around her new home.

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Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/ OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.

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Most blokes love their shed. Now, a newly renovated Men’s Shed and workspace recently opened at OCAV’s Leith Park village, means men won’t have to give up their shed when they move into retirement. It’s important to a lot of the Leith Park men to be able to continue building and tinkering and Barry Lay is one of the residents who has made it possible.

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Dorothy Waddington retired a few years ago, but that doesn't mean she wants to stop working. Like many residents across OCAV’s four villages, Dorothy retired from full-time work but enjoys picking up some part-time work when she can.

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Author, academic and Rushall Park resident Irene Renzenbrink could well be one of OCAV’s ‘ambassadors of ageing’. She keeps busting myths that suggest older people retire at a certain age, withdraw from ‘active service’ and quietly fade into anonymity.

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Starting over isn’t always easy but, Stephen Hince, Currie Park’s youngest resident, is slowly finding his feet in OCAV’s Euroa village. He moved into Currie Park in February after living in Euroa for a while with his elderly father who died earlier this year.

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Cynthia Aliphon has captured most of the big moments at OCAV’s Braeside Park village since she moved in almost a decade ago. Her photo collages capture the faces of current residents and those who have died or moved from the village.

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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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