CEO News June 2021
I am very pleased to advise that my recent relocation into our new corporate offices in Thompson Road ran smoothly, and along with MACS Home Services team and MACS and Diversitat administration teams, we are all settling in well to our new working environment. I must confess though that I do miss seeing the residents, volunteers, family members and staff on a daily basis, and look forward to being able to make more regular visits when things have settled down a bit.
A reminder to everyone that from 1 June 2021 visitors over 18 years of age will not be allowed to enter MACS residential areas or Bella Chara without providing evidence of a current flu vaccination. This will be checked as part of our screening process prior to entry. We want to ensure that we provide our residents with the safest living environment as possible. Even with the slightest sniffle, cold or sore throat we ask that you please refrain from visiting. We can arrange for you to connect with your loved one in a variety of ways. Please just let us know.
Also, it is so important to be valiant with our hand washing as we come into the winter months. Keeping our hands clean is one of the most critical, yet simple steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, especially to our vulnerable residents. Many diseases and conditions including the flu, are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.
We are happy to announce that we have just launched our 2021 Annual Giving Appeal. We are all so eager to complete the works on beautifying the 590m² piece of vacant land near Stan’s Shed with extensive landscaping, including a paved area with outdoor exercise equipment and musical instruments. Last year’s Annual Giving Appeal raised just over $23,000 (thanks to the generosity of our MACS community) and has been used to grade and backfill the land as well as move and extend the perimeter fence around the outside of the property.
With your support, our 2021 Annual Giving Appeal will focus on raising $25,000 to complete this exciting project to create a stunning ‘Multicultural Sensory and Therapy Garden’ to benefit the entire MACS community.
The ‘Multicultural Sensory and Therapy Garden’ has been designed by a landscape architect and brings together landscape styles from the European, Eastern and Asian garden design traditions and will;
- be wheelchair accessible
- be a fantastic addition to our walking track
- have plenty of seats and places to enjoy the creek view
- include an upgrade to Stan’s Shed as a focus for hospitality and activities
- appeal to a wide variety of cultural backgrounds
- provide spaces for physiotherapy activities
- be a sensory space with a variety of colours, textures, smells and sounds
If you would like to participate in this year’s giving, you can easily and quickly make a donation by visiting our donation page here.
As most of you know, we are currently in a “circuit-breaker lock-down” and we are hopeful that it comes to an end on Friday. With more than 300 exposure sites now listed, we all need to be extra vigilant in order to keep our residents, Home Care consumers, staff and volunteers safe.
Take care everyone and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing and make sure you wear your mask, especially at MACS!! Coming into winter we need to be extra vigilant.