Masonic Village employee Irene Gallagher celebrates 15 years on the job

Glen Innes Masonic Village staffed dressed as Disney characters to celebrate the Health and Services Union's "thank you for working in aged care" campaign.
Glen Innes Masonic Village staffed dressed as Disney characters to celebrate the Health and Services Union's "thank you for working in aged care" campaign.

Glenwood Gardens staff have more reasons to celebrate than most with five age care workers receiving awards as part of a national campaign.

The centre, formally known as RFBI Glen Innes Masonic Village, took part in Health and Services Union's "thank you for working in aged care" campaign on Tuesday September 10 as part of national celebrations.

Masonic Village employee Irene Gallagher celebrated a decade and a half in the job.

Masonic Village employee Irene Gallagher celebrates a decade and a half in the job.

Masonic Village employee Irene Gallagher celebrates a decade and a half in the job.

"It's really touching to be recognised for my 15 years of service. It truly is a lovely place to work and management have been very supportive of me and my career progression," she said.

Village communities got together to acknowledge the great work staff do and celebrate the positive difference they are making to the lives of people in their care, according to Frank Price, Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution CEO.

"There is a lot of negative media coming out of the Royal Commission and this can be very disheartening for people working in aged care," he said.

"I want all of our staff to know that we appreciate their commitment and dedication to our residents and clients and value the wonderful care they are providing."

He said one of the crucial parts of good service is a stable workforce.

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Glen Innes acting general manager Lea McCarney said the village is a place everyone enjoys working at, describing it as a place where staff consider their fellow colleagues and residents as an extended family.

"We have 51 residents at our Village and each one is provided the dedicated, professional and quality care from our staff who are all extremely well-trained and go above and beyond to see our residents healthy and happy," she said.

"For our thank you day, we decided to make it even more festive by dressing as our favourite Disney characters!"

"We are very lucky to have the best workforce in RFBI and cannot thank them enough."