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Sunshine, talent and community tempt Jacqui to Ernest Rutherford

Written by Margot Boock
on May 18, 2022

Although Ernest Rutherford’s sales advisor Jacqui Clarke is new to the village, she is no stranger to Ryman Healthcare.

Earlier this year, Jacqui moved from Shona McFarlane Village in Lower Hutt, where she started her journey with Ryman over five years ago, to Ernest Rutherford and is ‘over the moon’ to call Nelson home.

“The people are so friendly, and I love the climate.” The sunshine is a definite attraction, but Jacqui is also looking forward to seeing snow on the mountains and making the most of everything the region offers.

With a degree in Art History, she has a special interest in the galleries and talented artists Nelson is renowned for and she is excited to bring some of that talent to the village for the residents and community to enjoy.

“I’m looking to hold an art exhibition in the spring at the village. We have the ideal space with our atrium and its indoor garden, the light is beautiful. It will be a great opportunity to showcase local artists’ work for our residents and the community to enjoy.

“One of my first impressions of the village was how many talented residents live here. Writers, musicians, and artists; they are so stylish and live their lives to the fullest; yet still very much involved in helping others in the community.”

Getting to know and to be actively involved in her new community is very important to Jacqui. She recently attended her first community engagement presenting prizes on behalf of Ernest Rutherford village at the Tahunanui Golf Club, just one of the many clubs Jacqui is building relationships with.

Jacqui has also appreciated the warm welcome from the team in the village and says she feels very fortunate to work with such friendly and dedicated colleagues. “Brent Maru is a great village manager and so easy to work with. He has good, open communication which is so important in this role.”

Jacqui also loves the Ernest Rutherford village location in Stoke. “It’s easy to get to the shops, and almost everything is right on your doorstep.”

However, if you would rather stay within the village, residents can take part in the many activities to keep fit and have fun, whether it’s a game of bowls on the all-weather green, taking a dip in the heated swimming pool or joining in the exercise classes. For a more relaxing time, the library has a great selection of books and games and there is always someone to have a chat with in the cosy lounge.

“We are delighted to have our superb café in the village, which is very popular with residents and locals. It’s a great spot to enjoy the view of the garden and sample our freshly made home-baked goodies.”

Having a choice of townhouse or apartment living means there is something here for everyone, and if you are looking for a little more assistance the village also offers elegant one bedroom serviced apartments with stunning views and easy access to all the amenities in the village without having to step outside.

“Ryman Healthcare’s ethos of ensuring everything is ‘good enough for mum and dad’ is at the heart of everything we do in the village, so it is important that we offer you not only a new home for now, but the security of knowing we will be with you every step of the way, to give you peace of mind in the years to come.”

Jacqui understands that everyone’s journey is unique and welcomes your interest. She is ready to spend time to listen and work with you to find what is important in your move to a new lifestyle and a new home.

About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 45 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to more than 13,200 residents and the company employs 6,700 team members.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602 or Communications Advisor Maryvonne Gray on 027 552 0767.

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