On the back of taking out Employer of Choice award at the 2017 Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Peninsula Villages is this month celebrating a combined 130 years of staff service milestones.
As an employer of more than 300 locals, Peninsula Villages makes a special and noticeable effort to celebrate milestone service anniversaries for its team members each month and in July this accounted to a total of 130 loyal years from eleven staff members.
Shane Neaves, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Villages is delighted to highlight the fantastic work, loyalty and dedication of his team with three special milestones and another eight considerable service anniversaries celebrated today.
“In July we recognised 11 of our team members for their achievement in reaching what we consider to be important milestones of employment with Peninsula Villages,” said Shane.
“We have one team member who has now reached 30 years with our organisation, two staff have been with us for 20 years, one other for 15 years and two staff at 10 years. We also have a further five staff this month who have marked their 5 year anniversaries.
“When you do the math that’s a total of 130 years of dedicated service to provide quality care and service to our residents and we felt that was an important achievement in itself for a community organisation based on the Peninsula of the Central Coast,” explained Shane.
Greg Smith from Ettalong is a groundsman at Peninsula Villages, a role he has now held for 30 years. Greg is such as iconic part of the team and shares a unique history with the organisation as one of the first on site during the construction of the Peninsula Villages facility.
“I started with Peninsula Villages in March of 1985 thanks to a dear friend of mine Michael Varley who under Varley Constructions asked if I could help him for a few days to dig some footings in clay. That four days lasted the duration of construction and once the organisation launched in 1987, I was asked to stay on as groundsman by Don Leggett and I have proudly worked here to keep the surroundings for 30 fantastic years,” explained Greg.
Greg credits his job satisfaction on the organisation’s team approach and the shared desire to ensure safety and fulfilment to the residents of Peninsula Villages.
“Peninsula Villages team leaders and senior management are willing listeners and respectful. They want what’s best for the village and their strong emphasis on a team approach is what makes coming to work a pleasure,” added Greg.
Aside from Greg, two staff of Peninsula Villages, Vicki Page in catering and Joan Thomsen in the cleaning department are celebrating two decades of service.
“Both Vicki and Joan are incredible team members in their respective roles at Peninsula Villages and well respected by their fellow colleagues. They both attest to the fact that the team at Peninsula Villages help make their jobs rewarding as they are all dedicated to seeing the same result – delivery of quality care to our residents,” added Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves.
To celebrate Greg, Vicki, Joan and the eight other team members service milestones, Peninsula Villages welcomed Central Coast town crier, Stephen Clarke to the organisation where together with the Board of Directors each person was recognised for their valuable contribution and service.
“While we celebrate staff service on a monthly basis, it was only fitting to celebrate these particularly notable milestones with a bit of a celebration and fanfare with our residents and team.
“For us as an organisation loyal staff means a skilled and knowledgeable team, but from a resident perspective it means continuity of care where our residents can build rapport with individual staff and feel comfortable in the knowledge that they enjoy their roles and find them rewarding,” concluded Shane.
With more than 300 staff, 80 volunteers and 450 residents, Peninsula Villages is one of the largest employers on the Peninsula.