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Diana Isaac Kindness Award Winner

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Diana Isaac kindness award winner Jane Baker pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Adrienne Sincock, Hannah Thiele, Jane Baker, Marilyn Williams and Glenys Popenhagen.

Jane Baker doesn’t hold back when she describes how she felt when she was told she’d won the Diana Isaac Retirement Village Kindness Award.

“I was completely, utterly and totally overwhelmed. I’m very grateful, it is a great honour, but I just wish it wasn’t me. There are many, many kind people at Diana Isaac other than me.’’

Jane is not one for awards – she’s a ‘background’ person who prefers to be left to get on with her role caring for residents.

Her colleagues think she’s the kindest person they know, praising her for her hard work, kindness and willingness to go the extra mile for residents and staff.

“Jane has the kindest heart and is completely dedicated to ensuring our residents receive the best care possible,’’ one colleague wrote.

“She never has a negative word to say, she is a supportive colleague and simply an amazing woman.’’

Jane joined Ryman in 2005 and her aim is to always treat her residents as if they were her own parents.

She says she was inspired by Barbara Smillie, the first colleague she ever worked with in the industry. They worked on night shift together at Mary Potter Hospice, and Barbara taught her how to treat everyone with gentle love, dignity and care.

Her other role models are Ryman colleagues Adrienne Sincock and Liz Dilger who she says have taught her a lot and are amazing caring and inspiring people as well.