The Manager of McIntosh Court retires after 27 years of service.
Starting at Toronto Nursing Home as an assistant nurse in 1985, Shayne has seen the way Anglican Care has transformed into the incredible family-based organisation it is today.
Looking back to when she started 27 years ago, Shayne reflects on how far she has come, describing it as “a tremendous ride”. Her challenging career has kept Shayne on her toes, with no day being the same as the next.
With residents over the past decade coming in at a more advanced age and with more advanced diseases, Shayne has always helped and enhanced the lives of all that surround her, no matter their ability.
One of Shayne’s outstanding achievements has been the commencement of a Dementia Support Group at McIntosh Court at Booragul.
“This group allowed our residents families to form friendships and provide ongoing support for each other, this certainly helped me to develop a deeper understanding and connection with those suffering from Dementia,” said Shayne.
Although very sad to see her leave, CEO Colin Osborne has wished Shayne the best in her retirement.
“It’s people like Shayne Blackburn who epitomise Anglican Care. In a generation where the average worker changes jobs every 3-4 years, it’s such an honour to have amazing staff stay with us for such a long time. Anglican Care becomes their home away from home,” he said. “But it is not just Shayne’s length of service that stands out, her absolute commitment to the wellbeing of all residents and support for her staff has been remarkable”.
We wish Shayne all the very best in her retirement, secretly hoping that she may come back as a volunteer.