The Aveo Bayview Gardens retirement village farewelled a much loved member of staff and friend on Wednesday 11th February.
It was February 15 years ago when Bronwyn Smith accepted a job share opportunity with Aveo Bayview Gardens as a receptionist. Bronwyn soon became a familiar face, working four days a week, initially welcoming residents and guests, and being the first port of call for all enquiries. Prior to her retirement, Bronwyn managed to cover all the days of the week including covering the weekend shifts. The role of receptionist was varied and enjoyed. Fielding calls and front desk enquiries provided variety and ranged from answering a call for help with the crossword from the main lounge or facilitating emergency services to attend to an urgent plumbing, electrical or gardening crisis.
The annual spring walk through the village gardens with the residents was always the perfect opportunity to assist and get to know them and some dear friendships were made. Welcoming new residents at the many resident cocktail socials and being very involved in each resident Christmas party also allowed the time and opportunity to connect with residents. To celebrate and toast Bronwyn’s retirement, the village manager and staff organised a farewell morning tea during her last week as receptionist.
The main lounge welcomed 120 residents, Dianne Miller, the Village Manager thanked and congratulated Bronwyn on her retirement and presented a generous gift from residents and staff. A lovely morning tea of sweet treats, tea and coffee was enjoyed by all whilst having the opportunity to say “good bye and good luck” to Bronwyn. Bronwyn spoke of her time in the Village and thanked the Knitternatters’ who she congratulated for their wonderful charity work and generous donations for children with cancer and the children of Nepal. Bronwyn added much love, compassion and understanding to her role in Reception and was a carer to all.