In this month’s Focus Magazine, Shirley Avent, a remarkable nonagenarian, takes the spotlight as she is featured in the new Garden Village ad. At nearly 94 years young, Shirley’s vibrant spirit and dedication to Garden Village make her a beloved resident and a deserving subject for the local glossy publication.
Shirley’s story with Garden Village began in 1991 when her mother became a resident. Ever since, Shirley has actively contributed as a visitor and volunteer, becoming an integral part of the Garden Village Auxiliary. Her commitment and passion were evident as she served as the Auxiliary President for an impressive ten years, having previously held the same position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
With a genuine desire to enrich the lives of her mother and fellow residents, Shirley’s devotion to making Garden Lodge a place of purpose and fulfillment was always greatly appreciated.
Even after relocating to Garden Village with her husband, she remained deeply involved, continuing to lend her support to fundraising, palliative care and aged care support.
Shirley’s dedication did not go unnoticed. In the year 2000, she received a Senior Citizens Medal from former Prime Minister John Howard, recognising her outstanding commitment to the wellbeing and advocacy of Garden Village residents. This prestigious award serves as a testament to Shirley’s remarkable contributions and the impact she has made within the community.
Earlier this year, Shirley experienced a brief period in hospital, which led to a change in her living arrangements. She transitioned from living in the Classics Units, where she had resided independently for many years, to Garden Village Aged Care Wintergarden. Here, she has the support of round-the-clock nursing care if required, engages in daily activities, and benefits from the attentive support provided by the dedicated team.
Reflecting on her new home at Wintergarden, Shirley expresses her delight. At this stage of her life, she has discovered that cooking for oneself is less enjoyable, and residing at Wintergarden provides peace of mind for both herself and her children, who do not live in Port Macquarie. She appreciates the company and sense of belonging that comes from being part of a warm and welcoming community. Wintergarden and its staff hold a special place in her heart, having been acquainted with them for many years. It truly feels like home to her.
Recently, Shirley celebrated her daughter’s 70th birthday at Rydges Port Macquarie, surrounded by her family. Her two children, six grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren all came together to enjoy the occasion. In anticipation of their visits, a few extra copies of Focus magazine will be collected to share with Shirley’s family members.
This month’s Focus Magazine will be available at the start of June 2023. Pictured: Shirley with Garden Village employee Deb outside Wintergarden.