Kepnock Grove volunteer recognised as state’s best

Carinity’s Volunteer of the Year, Kepnock Grove’s Ruth Van Beek has been recognised as Queensland’s best aged care volunteer 2016 at Leading Aged Care Services Queensland’s Excellence in Care Awards.

However, getting Ruth to the ceremony took a lot of convincing.

“I hadn’t even realised I had been nominated. The staff nominated me. When I was told I was a finalist I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“After winning Carinity’s Volunteer of the Year in October I was stunned but to be recognised by an industry organisation is incredibly overwhelming. I am so grateful to the residents and staff at Kepnock Grove.”

“Volunteering is what I live for and the residents and staff give me as much as I give them. They’re like my family.”

Carinity’s Kepnock Grove is an integrated seniors’ community in Bundaberg and incorporates retirement living villas, home care support and aged care residences. Residential Manager Jo Peterson said the Carinity community was incredibly proud of Ruth especially for her second win.

“We were so excited when she won last year but we were absolutely buzzing when she won Leading Aged Care Services Queensland’s award. We’ve actually nominated Ruth for another award but we won’t find out until June. We’re all hoping she wins another so she can be a triple-awarding-winning volunteer,” Jo said.

Photo: Carinity Aged Care – Kepnock Grove staff member Lorraine with multi-award-winning volunteer Ruth Van Beek.

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