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Jane Winstone Kindness Award Winner

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Jane Winstone kindness award winner Sue Sloan pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Maree Toyne, Jane O'Connell, Sue Sloan, Gina Brown and Jacky Adam.

Kindness starts at the front door at Jane Winstone Retirement Village – because that’s where you find Sue Sloan.

Sue is the reception administrator at the village – and she’s been there at reception since the day the village opened back in April 2006.

“I’m as old as the carpet,’’ Sue jokes.

“When I first arrived there was plastic all over the furniture and only a few residents.’’

Sue may have been there a while, but time hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm for the job. She was a popular choice for the award because, according to them, she is kind to everybody.

“She’s one of the nicest co-workers I have ever met,’’ one wrote. “Her kindness is consistent with staff and residents. She is always smiling and pleasant to residents and staff alike and nothing is too much trouble for her.’’

Sue says it is easy to be kind when you’re surrounded by such nice people.

“It’s the people that make this job. Our residents are a really special group and so are the staff. When you have lovely people around you all day it is easy to be the same. Kindness and caring are contagious.’’

But she does have a few tips about what she thinks kindness is all about.

Kindness is definitely about looking out for people, recognising what their needs are, respecting them, and helping them.’’

“It is also making time to be able to stop and look out for them.’’

In a busy job time is often scarce, so kindness is also about good time management.

Sue is not mucking around thinking about what to do with her Kindness voucher – she’s going shopping.