Mary’s Grange celebrates 60 years

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Mary’s Grange celebrates 60 years
Dr Helen McArdle and Mr Brian Gibson unveiling the commemorative plaque.

Celebrations were held on 19 March at Mary’s Grange Nursing Home, Taroona, to mark the 60th anniversary of the ageing-in-place facility.

More than 80 guests attended, including representatives of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, the Mayor of Kingborough Council, past Mary’s Grange directors, employees past and present, volunteers, and current board members of Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc.

Mass was celebrated in the Mary’s Grange Chapel by Archbishop Julian, concelebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Adrian Doyle, and Fr Brian Nichols.  Deacon Nick MacFarlane was deacon for the Mass. Following Mass, guests were serenaded by staff member Gerrard O’Malley playing the saxophone in the Fitzpatrick Garden.

Previous Chief Executive Officer of Mary’s Grange, Richard Tyberek, provided an overview of the Mary’s Grange culture, spirit and mission encapsulated in the logo ‘Gently in Your Hands’.

“The hands in the logo represent the role of Mary’s Grange and its staff in supporting people to achieve their maximum level of well-being,” explained Mr Tyberek.

“The motto ‘Gently in Your Hands’ is reflected in our Mary’s Grange Prayer for Ministry. It is a source of inspiration for all in their care of the residents.”

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Helen McArdle, Deputy Chairman of Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc, and Brian Gibson, most recent Chairman of Mary’s Grange Inc.

A rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was also delivered by the Southern Cross Care Choir, followed by cutting of the birthday cake by resident Ruth James, alongside long-serving employee Rosanne Funslow, and past Chairman of Mary’s Grange Inc, Catherine Lynch.

Mary’s Grange is part of Southern Cross Care, Tasmania’s leading Aged Care provider founded by the Knights of the Southern Cross.