Karen’s retirement will give her time to smell the roses.

During her years managing Enliven’s Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home Karen Rhind says the one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job was the cultural diversity she encountered among residents and staff.

“I once counted 26 distinct ethnicities,” says Karen. “The blend was exciting and meant we could celebrate by sharing traditional foods and mark important cultural days for everyone at the homes and their families. This is now embedded and will hopefully continue.”

Prior to her time with Enliven, Karen’s background as a registered nurse with a BA in education, a business administration qualification and many years’ experience running another large not-for-profit elder care centre gave her the perfect credentials to manage Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home.

Karen says she admired the dedication of her teams at both the Johnsonville homes.

“I always felt supported. The flexibility amongst the staff really helped. They often went beyond the call of duty, especially lately during the lockdowns.”

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