Every so often we’ll have an in-depth chat with one of our exceptional volunteers, so you can get to know them a little better. This month we get to know volunteer, Louisa Bryce.
How long have you worked at Finley?
I have worked in banks and aged care services in Finley for 34 years.
What is your role at Finley Regional Care? What does it involve?
I am a volunteer and I help run bingo.
What are your qualifications?
Gift of the gab and patience towards the aged.
What do you like most about working here?
Interacting with the older generations.
What has exceeded your expectations or surprised you the most since coming here?
How the residents enjoy you coming in on a regular basis.
How do you define success?
Achieving what you set out to do.
Are you messy or organised?
Best vacation you’ve been on?
Vietnam, and Noosa with the family growing up.
If your house was burning down, what is the one non-living thing you would save?
Least favourite food?
Mum’s curried eggs.
What do you like to do on your days off?
Catch up with family and friends, gardening and fishing.
What is an ability you wish you had?
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
Patience, and time well spent around older people. You learn so much.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
What are the two worst things you did as a kid?
Wag school and smoke.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Coming home off the school bus and smelling fresh-out-of-the-oven biscuits and cakes etc.
What is your favourite number and why?
9 – why not?
What is your greatest fear?
What is your personal philosophy?
Enjoy every day as we don’t know when it might be our last.
What places have you lived in?
Finley and Jerilderie.
What was your favourite book, toy, or outfit as a child?
What are your hopes for our industry?
Continued great care and more staff to provide this.