Dorothy Coles, a resident of the Aveo Westport retirement village in Queenstown, will be celebrating 30 years of living at the village this year. As one of the original residents and the resident with the longest tenure in the village, Dorothy moved to Aveo Westport in 1985, shortly after construction was completed on her unit, following the passing of her beloved husband, Jack. Prior to moving to Aveo Westport, Dorothy went past the village construction site on the bus and saw the retirement units being built. She has never considered living at a retirement village but was getting lonely living on her own so decided to make the move. When Dorothy first moved to Aveo Westport and some of the units were still under construction, she remembers some of the original residents used to ‘borrow’ the tiles from the builders to use as teapot holders. In the early days, Dorothy was very active within the village and would participate in a lot of the organised activities, and she particularly enjoyed the bus outings. Dorothy says that life at Aveo Westport has been wonderful. She enjoys the convenient location and the companionship. Dorothy maintains a positive attitude with her motto of “life is what you make it”. To honour Dorothy’s 30 year milestone and the 30th anniversary of Aveo Westport, a celebratory open day will be held at the village on Saturday, 16 May from 2pm. 2015 also marks Dorothy’s 92nd birthday.