On Monday the 18th of September, Southern Cross Care’s, Victoria Park Kalgoorlie, welcomed the local community to watch the raising of both the Australian and Aboriginal Flags at their nursing home. Joining Victoria Park’s staff and residents were members of the local community and notable local dignitaries, including John Bowler, Mayor of Kalgoorlie Boulder and Aboriginal Elder Raelene Peal.
It is important within our community to celebrate the strong relationship Victoria Park shares with the wider Kalgoorlie community. Carole Bain; SCC’s service delivery general manager said the event was the perfect opportunity.
“Since Victoria Park opened 50 years ago, it has been very fortunate to enjoy the strong support of the local Kalgoorlie community. Today, the staff at Victoria Park continue to work hard to build positive relationships with members of the local Kalgoorlie community, and we are delighted that John and Brian are joining us today to watch both flags being raised.
Carole said the team at Victoria Park, led by Facility Manager Cheryl Hahn, were committed to ensuring the nursing home and its residents retained a strong connection to the community as it provided so many benefits for them.
“We recognise the importance of maintaining the connection of our residents to their culture, spiritual beliefs and local communities. In doing so, we believe our residents will be happier by being able to continue enjoying things that are important to them.
“Importantly, having both flags raised today also symbolises the importance SCC places on being able to cater to the specific needs of our Aboriginal residents.
“We respectfully celebrate and embrace the rich history and culture that our Aboriginal residents bring to not only Victoria Park, but to all of our facilities across Western Australia.”