Long-serving aged care chief moves on

Boandik Lodge chief executive Gillian McGinty finished her final shift at Boandik last week, celebrating her 23 years at the organisation with farewell parties at the Lake Terrace, St. Marys, and Crouch Street facilities.

Ms McGinty advised in April she would be stepping down from her role of chief executive in May, earlier than originally planned.

The Boandik Board is in the process of recruiting a new chief executive, with an interim chief executive appointed in the meantime.

Ms McGinty said she would miss the residents most of all.

“We are really fortunate that our corporate offices are in a residential home, so we get to interact with them on a daily basis,” she said.

“Usually, the first people I speak to in the morning are the residents and they are the last people I speak to at night.

“I will certainly miss the residents and I hope to keep in contact with them.

“Leaving the residents is going to leave a huge hole because I really enjoy my daily interactions with them, so it is great to be able to say goodbye to each of them individually.”

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Boandik Lake Terrace resident Shirley Earl wished Ms McGinty well at a Lake Terrace farewell party.

“Shirley gives me a weather forecast every morning so she said she would give me a call each morning to update me on the weather,” Ms McGinty said.

“I told her she would have to think wider and give me a Murray Bridge weather forecast as well as a Mount Gambier one.”

Ms McGinty said it was a bittersweet goodbye because she was sad to be leaving after so long and parting ways with the residents, but she looked forward to moving closer to her family.

“There are lots of changes that need to occur at Boandik, and they need to be driven by people who are going to be there into the future making those plans,” she said.

“We have a great staff group across the organisation, we are committed to providing quality services to our clients and it has been a pleasure working with them over the years.

“I have worked with some dedicated board members who give freely of their time to govern our organisation and make sure we are meeting the needs of the community and that has been a highlight for me as well.

“It is time for new blood and time for me to move on.”

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