Staff stories

Jo’s sold on the village - and the job!

Sales advisor follows her folks to Possum Bourne

When Jo Clare helped her parents David and Alison Newman move into Possum Bourne retirement village it never occurred to her that she might end up working there herself.

“I’d been through the sales process with them but I never thought of it as a job,” says the Pukekohe village’s new sales advisor.

“But I just loved how it had been and how well Mum and Dad were treated, and how well they settled in.”

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A job that brings joy everyday

Originally printed in the Daily Post, Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The moment Ciska McGrath stepped into the special care centre at Ryman Healthcare's Bob Owens Retirement Village she knew she wanted to work there.

"Right there, I could feel the vibe. Just walking into the place, I looked at the staff and they were happy, I looked at the residents and they were smiling and well cared for. I could sense the pride the team had working here and that really impressed me."

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Jacky's 'huge opportunity' at Nellie Melba

Ryman Healthcare’s operations in Australia have passed another milestone with the opening of the care centre at its second village, Nellie Melba.

The centre opened at the end of January, marking what regional manager Eileen Kielty described as “a huge step” in the Wheelers Hill village’s journey to completion.

Jacky Fitzsimon has been appointed clinical manager of the 200-bed care centre.

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From carpenter to site manager in five years

Affectionately dubbed Ricky the Romanian Rymanian, Aurelian (Ricky) Ciobanu is a perfect example of the great things that can happen when you show initiative and flair at Ryman.

The 31-year-old, who is currently site manager at Ryman’s Lynfield construction site, has had a rapid rise since beginning as a sub-contracting labourer on the Evelyn Page build nine years ago.

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Jasmine's eye for visual communication

When Jasmine McIlraith, graphic design team leader, started in her role at Ryman Healthcare she was ready to draw on a wide palette of experience, having had a creative interest right from a youngster.

Her mother had spent hours encouraging her arty side so, when choosing education options, graphic design was a natural fit.

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Chris Singer, Cook’s Assistant

Chris Singer, Cook’s Assistant at Anthony Wilding Retirement Village, didn’t plan on being a chef when he was younger. “I sort of fell into it,” he says smiling.

Chris’s Ryman journey started at an early age in 2008. His mother, Nicki, was an Activities Coordinator at the village and she suggested he start working part time to earn some money and experience.

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Angela Barraclough’s career rise

Angela started with the company as a sales advisor at its Edmund Hillary retirement village in Auckland in 2014. Fast-forward less than five years and she’s standing on the top floor of a ten-storey Melbourne office building looking over the beautifully bustling central city as Ryman’s new regional sales manager in Victoria

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Angie's brand of special care

One of the many highlights of working in the special care unit at Hilda Ross for unit coordinator Sukhveer Sidhu (Angie) came in the form of a thank you card from the grandchildren of one of the residents.

“It said ‘I love you looking after my nana’ and it brought smiles to our faces and gave us more energy to do our work,” says Angie, smiling again at the memory.

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