Fun times as Mercy Aged Care celebrates 75 years
LAUGHTER rang through the 80 strong crowd who gathered to witness the opening of the time capsule at the 75 year celebrations of Mercy Aged Care Services, recently held at Bethany.
A day of celebrations began with a mass in the Bethany chapel, followed by cutting of the 75 years birthday cake, morning tea and tours of the Mercy Aged care facilities. Following the tours staff past and present, the Sisters of Mercy, residents and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry all hovered in anticipation as the contents of the time capsule were removed.
Contents included photographs, staff records, time sheets and numerous pieces of memorabilia from the Aged Care facility, including editions and clippings of the Morning Bulletin from the 90's.
Doug Tucker, the former Bethany facility Manager on hand for the unveiling, was excited to see his identification badge from the 1980's removed from the capsule.
Lesley Schneider, Director of Nursing, was thrilled to see so many join in the occasion.
"We had a number of staff who worked at Bethany 25 years ago in attendance on the day, who were present when the capsule was entombed at the facility," Lesley said.
"Many a past staff member sighed and remembered how time consuming it was preparing rosters and time sheets, compared to the fully automated computerised systems we use today. It was a wonderful day and a great celebration of the contribution of our many staff, past and present, who have, and continue to provide quality aged care to all the residents of Bethany."
After photographs were taken, guests gathered to enjoy a barbeque luncheon in the Bethany grounds, where stories and memories were shared.