Bill 85 & Margaret 83, inspiring Warrigal village residents

Our greatest achievement has been married to one another for 56 years. It’s the team work and the compatibility we share. “The secret of a long life span is letting him be the boss and doing what I’m told!” says Margaret...

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We’re inspired by our people every day.

We love hearing their stories. We believe older people should have the opportunity to be themselves, be happy, connected and live great lives. Providing outstanding support and services for older people, that’s our story.

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Sarla, inspiring Warrigal Employee

"I’ve been nursing for 30 years and I have loved every minute of it. I started my career in Liverpool ICU and I still have a passion for trauma. I just love helping people and seeing them get through a major crisis in life. It’s the trauma, it’s the excitement and it’s the adrenalin rush. No matter how tired you are, even if you’ve had 1 hour sleep, it’s amazing when you have to save lives, the energy flows in. If I see an accident even now and there is no ambulance, I say to myself, “I must go and save a life “ and step I out...

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Jack Weston, inspiring Warrigal Connect customer

I joined the army in 1956 when I was 15 because my dad and all my uncles were in the army and I wanted to do the same as them. I was in the army for about 12 years and I enjoyed every bit of it and wished I was still in it!...

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Valentine, inspiring Warrigal Connect customer

I was born in Calcutta, India. I grew up in British Government schools until I was 15 when I came to Australia, then we lived in Melbourne. After that I married a lovely Australian and we were posted overseas for two stints including Edinburgh and London. I had always wanted to go to Edinburgh so it was perfect going there. I had already been doing a bit of Scottish dancing so I felt very much at home...

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Dawn, 91, inspiring Warrigal Village Resident

My trip to Norfolk Island was beautiful, it was very laid back in those years. Cows had right of way in the streets. We stayed in a motel that was being renovated so there was only my two friends, myself and another couple there so we got VIP treatment...

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Jacky, inspiring Warrigal Employee

My husband has a Harley Davidson and we go for rides on the motorbike, I bought it for him for his 60th birthday. It’s a BIG motorbike. It’s a 2 seater. I was 16 when I first met him, and he had a motorbike then, I married him when I was 18 and we just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary! We’ve been to Perth from Sydney on the motorbike. It took us 7 days to get there because we were just taking our time...

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Joan - 85, inspiring Warrigal resident

I met my husband when I had a boyfriend. He didn’t take me to the Bathurst show and I got upset. I still went to the show and his two mates were there. I said that we would meet them at The City Picture theatre that night. But the City Pictures were full, so we went up to the other picture theatre in town and they were sitting waiting for us...

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Karen, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I’ve been a carer since I was 19 but I’ve come back to it three times! I’ve worked for a friend as a dressmaker, I’ve worked for Telstra and I’ve worked for another friend in a motel. I think I love older people because I love that they can tell you a good story! I love it when they come in and you can see that they’re starting to get comfortable and the families start to connect. You sort of become part of their family. It’s nice when you are on first name basis with the residents...

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Kath, 80, inspiring Warrigal Volunteer

I had never volunteered before, it was only because my husband was at Warrigal. He died 2 years ago and I wanted to come back to see what I could do to help a little bit...

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Edward Lindsay, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I first joined Warrigal as a volunteer whilst completing a course of study. Warrigal was my second experience in aged care and I immediately saw the difference. The level of care and heart is a world away from what I had seen before. That really impressed me, and I found it quite moving after my experiences moving my mother into care - which were still pretty raw...

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Anne, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I started at Warrigal on Valentines Day 2011. I have always had an affinity for older people. Some of my closest friends have been and still are in their 70s and 80s. I think I just get on better with older people than younger people. I find them very inspiring, they’ve got so much to teach us and they’re still so willing to learn...

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Yurike Murray, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I grew up in West Java, Indonesia and went to school just like here in Australia. When I finished high school I worked for a newspaper in Jakarta, then after two years I trained as a stewardess for domestic and international airline. As a stewardess I met many Australian passengers and pilots, it was then I realised I would love to move to Australia...

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Jodie, inspiring Warrigal Employee

Before working at Warrigal, I held a position in hospitality for 10 years. In that time I was privileged to be able to assist and form strong bonds with my older customers on a daily basis. You would be worried about them if you hadn’t seen them for a while! So when it came time for me to think about a new career choice, I sat and thought about what came naturally to me – so here I am!...

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Natasha, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I love the people I work with, I like the fact that it’s versatile and it gives you opportunity to expand. Everyday is not the same, the customers are amazing and they have so much appreciation for everything that we do for them. Nothing is ever a bother for us with older people. That’s what we’re here for, to help them, so they can stay at home...

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Pam, inspiring Warrigal Connect customer

I was named Pamela Joy. At school over half the class had the same name. I wanted to become a sewing teacher but in those days most girls left school to find a job before marrying and I was no different. I have always made my own clothes and those of our children, then I took up patchwork and machine embroidery 20 years ago...

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Kathleen Thompson, inspiring Warrigal Employee

One of my greatest achievements in life apart from my 3 lovely daughters and 5 grand children has been winning the title of a New Zealand Dog Champion for both obedience and agility. The dog was on TV and won trophies, we were the second team to ever succeed in this achievement! When I moved back to Australia I got another dog and made him an obedience champion here too...

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John Dorman, inspiring Warrigal resident

My love of photography started off in Newcastle. I did some tuition with the Newcastle Herald photographer. One of the things that I decided to do after I had gone through some of the courses and had some idea of what it was about - was a pinhole photograph of Newcastle Cathedral. Instead of using a lens you use the eye of a needle. You can use a hole in a cardboard box if you like to get the same effect, but it was handy to set it up. This type of photo would give you a long exposure of about 20 minutes. I set it up on the tripod and got a nice photograph of Newcastle Cathedral. Later on I took one with a 35 millimetre lens inside the Cathedral and got quite a nice photograph of the interior of the Cathedral...

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Alma, 88, inspiring Warrigal village resident

I trained as a nurse just after the war finished and I loved it. I worked at Kenmore Psychiatric Hospital when I was seventeen. There were six of us nurses to start with and we had to clean up after the war. They used Kenmore as a military hospital and they had Japanese prisoners in one ward. They didn’t fumigate afterwards and they had all these skin problems and when we went to work we all got scabies and boils. That was the bad part but the good part was the patients, I loved all the patients. In the end I was in a ward where they were absolutely lovely ladies and I was there on my own and I just loved them...

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Dawn, 91, inspiring Warrigal Village Resident

In the War I was a Nurses Aid in a maternity hospital and we did everything. We had to bath all the babies, make the beds, clean the wards, do the ironing, be on call with the patients coming in through the night - so it was really hard work...

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Alan Cluff, inspiring Warrigal Board member of 25 years & Chairman for 3 years

“My first involvement with Warrigal was when I joined Rotary. Within 3 months they asked me to represent Rotary at the Committee of Management at Warrigal. I attended these meetings for a number of years. When Warrigal began to expand we had to become incorporated, so the members of the committee were immediately classified as Directors of what is now known as Warrigal, so I became a director in 1967...

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Brian Mackander OAM, inspiring Warrigal Board Member & Chairman

I was on the Warrigal Board from 1967 – 1976. I then became the district governor of Apex Service Club for the Illawarra and I knew that I couldn’t do both jobs because Apex was a big job. I had 13 clubs to look after and about 300 members plus I had to travel quite a bit. So I stood down from the Warrigal Board from 1976-1984. I was then invited back to assist in moving the nursing home from Mt Warrigal to George St Warilla. I then became Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board from 1988-1996...

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Mark, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I came to the Illawarra 31 years ago. I had a job as a general assistant doing maintenance in schools. I changed jobs to work permanent nights on the door of Corrimal Leagues Club for three years and at four years I became supervisor. I did this so I could mind my children during the day to enable my wife to go back to work as a teacher. When the children were old enough to go to school I left the club. I started a lawn mowing business which I had for 12 years. I had 60% elderly customer base which provided me satisfaction compared to no job satisfaction other than money in the steelworks!...

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Margaret, 60 years, inspiring Warrigal employee of 25 years

"My husband and I have a caravan and we’ve had several long stints away, we’ve been around Australia three times. It’s nice being a grey-haired nomad for a little while. It’s nice having no plan to go anywhere, just go where you like. I’m very lucky with the life I’ve got...

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Margaret, 71 years, inspiring Warrigal village resident

"I love travel – I love seeing something different from what I’ve grown up with. That is why I call Egypt my ‘Disneyland’. It is so different to anywhere else. The pyramids are such a wonderful structure, they blow your mind. They are rough and uneven with sand everywhere.

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Renate, 88 years, future Warrigal Shell Cove Village neighbour

"I volunteered for the Australian Aerial Patrol, I was on Shark Patrol. We had to spot the sharks for the swimmers. I had the number 1 position, I saw 72 sharks in one day! That day we flew down over Ulladulla and from then on I said ‘I’m never going in the water again!’

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Norm, 96 years, one of the inspiring original founders of Warrigal

In 1964, Norm Roland was President of the Shellharbour Lion’s Club which identified the need for services for older people. He later became the Chairman of Warrigal for 14 years. Norm is a Warrigal company life member, living in his own home with a little care from Warrigal Connect, and is one very inspiring man still going out on fishing trawlers at age 96!

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Alan, 74 years, Warrigal Chairman of 17 years

Our Chairman, Alan Hardy has asked to step down from the position of Chairman of the Board. He has been a director for 32 years and Chairman for nearly 17. During this time Alan, a retired high school teacher, has inspired Warrigal employees past and present, our customers, their families and our local community...

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Marilyn, Warrigal Volunteer

"I became interested in volunteering after my mother and father-in-law became Warrigal residents and I would chat with other residents. I could see what a difference it made to their day and how good it made me feel. I just love going home each day knowing I have helped to make a difference in the customer's lives, no matter how small.

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Lorenzo, 31 years, Deputy Residential Services Manager

"I was born and raised in the Philippines. I grew up in a very close nuclear and extended family setting. It is natural for me to have a love and passion for taking care of older people.

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Les, 80 years, Warrigal Resident

"I excelled in shooting, winning several titles which gave me the opportunity to be selected for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 for Pistol Shooting. I loved competing, it allowed me to socialise with many shooters from all over Australia and the world. In my career I broke 2 Australian records and won 5 Australian championship shows...

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Pauline, 67 years, Warrigal Care Employee

I don’t have a mobile phone. When I go out shopping I don’t want to be found! Not having a mobile phone is great – I must be one of the only ones. Did I tell you I love to shop?! I love shopping for anything! I started laybuying for Christmas in March..

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Bronwyn, 60 years, Warrigal Cook

"Does my hair look alright? I usually go purple, sometimes red! ...

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Heather, 64 years, Warrigal Employee

“I love gardening, I have hundreds of garden gnomes in my garden. I love them all. They are surrounded by flowers. I have lots of pots and wheelbarrows filled with flowers...

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Kathy & Valma

“I’ve been looking after Valma for four years. She’s so lovely, a social butterfly I call her. She loves to dress up nicely. We talk about our family, what’s happening in the news and in our lives... I think I get more out of it....

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Cheryl, Warrigal Employee

"I worked in retail as a manager for 14 years and I needed a change with my career. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I saw an add in the paper for a casual cleaner, I applied and got the job. I figured this would do until I found my niche… Within one month of working I was promoted to a full time personal care assistant. I have been at Warrigal nearly 23 years… So I guess I have found my niche!"

Ivy, Warrigal Resident

"The first time I met Harold I waited on his table. I had a flower in my blouse and he asked if he could have it. I said ‘no.’ Harold asked me if I’d go to the pictures with him. He asked twice – the second time I said ‘yes.’ Harold and I were married for 69 years and 8 months- he was a family man, he loved his family...

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Deb, (21 + 21) years, Warrigal Employee

"I have a lot of respect for care staff. I have been there so I understand. It’s physically, emotionally and mentally challenging. But it is so rewarding. There are several characters who stay with me. One in particular, his name was Hughie. He was a council worker, he asked for everyone to call him “ugly.” I remember having to thicken his beer, he said I was the only one who could get it right. He was cheeky! He was a lovely man...

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Fred, 91 years

"We had four boys. I had a pact with my wife that if the youngest was a boy we would go to Australia, and if it was a girl we would stay at home. And it was a boy. So several months later we are on the boat going to Australia…

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Fiona, Hairdresser at Warrigal village

"My job is very rewarding because I make people happy with what I do… I love this place for the purpose it provides, I love it for the people who work here and live here. I have the best job in the world.

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Meg, 85 years

"I was a very bright student, not naughty – heavens no. Not to be pretentious, but I was very bright at school! ... 

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Eddy, 79 years

See those rocks, they’re from all over the world, that’s my hobby. Those rocks remind me of places more than photos. Have you heard of the Blarney stone in Ireland? Well I’ve kissed the Blarney stone. I gave it two kisses! Fair dinkum!

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June, 91 years

"I loved France. I always said we’d go back to France because he wasn’t as adventurous as I was. When they let us off the bus the fellow said “go and get lost” because that’s the best way to see Paris. Well my husband couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel because he was so worried about getting lost! I wanted to go up the Eiffel Tower but he wouldn't so I said he’d have to take me back again...

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Walter, 98 years

"The Queen came to the Teacher’s College, I had to escort her... She overstayed her time by three quarters of an hour...

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Moira, Warrigal Employee

"12 months ago I was having a party at my house when my chimney caught on fire. There were 2 fire trucks and half a dozen fire fighters at the house. My granddaughter was six at the time and said "Nan, this is the best party I’ve ever been to...

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Lavena, 86 years

"I’ve always done something with my hands – I’ve sewn, crocheted or knit. One of the things I did make is this – I started the table cloth after my husband died to give me something to do with my hands, to put my brain to use. And at Christmas I use it with a red table cloth underneath, and it comes out quite pretty...

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Shiva, Warrigal Employee, 28 years

"It’s only when I say words like “six” and “fish and chips” that you can pick it up. When working as a physio, the residents used to knock me all the time. When I was counting, we would be doing sets of 10 and every time I would say “six” they would burst in to laughter...

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Sheila, 76 years

"I loved obstetrics. I have an Aboriginal goddaughter from one family I got to know in Moree, she was one of the babies I delivered and cared for...

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Maria, 88 years

"When I hear the music going I dance, it just happens naturally. I cannot stop it." ... 

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Olive, 88 years

"I met an Australian Navy man named Cyril at the age of 17 and fell madly in love. My family felt I was too young to be interested in boys and I was sent to live with my father in Tamworth in the country. A year later Cyril followed me to the country and my father realised this was serious and I wasn’t going to marry a farmer as was his wish...

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Martin, 88 years

"Seeing the Nazi soldiers and all that leaving Holland after 5 years of misery and occupation- that’s the happiest memory of my life. Five years of constant never knowing where you’re at... They put my parents in a concentration camp for a couple of months, nothing to eat for a long time and you couldn’t go outside in the streets so you couldn’t go to high school...

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Bruce 83 years

"I had an 11m yacht that I built in my backyard in Woonona. It took 18 years to build. The kids next door were convinced I knew something – that it was going to flood!

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Ian, 71 years

"I never stopped doing community work – I have helped the Salvation Army, the Cancer Council, the Heart Foundation, the Red Cross, ex-services legion, and was President and Chairman of The Lion’s Club. My daughter says that I have passed on to them the ability to care for others- which makes me proud...

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Pauline, 80 years

"I worked at Smiths Hill High School for 33 years. I introduced archery to the school – that wasn’t as successful as it might have been so we stopped that! The neighbours were a bit too close! ...

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2 Pine Street, Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527
PO Box 435 Albion Park, NSW 2527
Email: warrigal@warrigal.com.au
Fax: 4257 4232

Toll free: 1800 WARRIGAL

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Warrigal was founded by volunteers and they continue to be vital to ensuring our residents happiness. From driving buses to regular visits, even assisting with our business operations, we have many varied opportunities for anyone who would like to donate their time, energy and skills to Warrigal’s residents.

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