Greg Smith of Ettalong is about to celebrate 36 years of working as a groundsman at not-for-profit aged care provider Peninsula Villages.
With almost four decades of service, Smith is one of the longest serving employees to have worked at Peninsula Villages, making sure the grounds are always in superb condition.
He shares a unique history with the organisation as one of the first on site during the construction of the Peninsula Villages facility.
“I started with Peninsula Villages in March of 1985 thanks to a dear friend of mine, Michael Varley, who, under Varley Constructions, asked if I could help him for a few days to dig some footings in clay,” Smith said.
“That four days lasted the duration of construction and once the organisation launched in 1987, I was asked to stay on as groundsman by Don Leggett and I have proudly worked here to keep the surroundings for 36 fantastic years.”
Smith said his job satisfaction came from the organisation’s team approach and the shared desire to ensure safety and fulfilment to the residents of Peninsula Villages.
“Peninsula Villages’ team leaders and senior management are willing listeners and respectful,” he said.
“They want what’s best for the Village and their strong emphasis on a team approach is what makes coming to work a pleasure.”
Over the 36 years Smith has worked for Peninsula Villages, many changes and improvements have occurred, but it is his love of the outdoors and gardens that have kept him young and dedicated to his work.
“I just love working outside, taking in the fresh air and keeping the grounds in good nick for the residents and staff to enjoy,” he said.
“Aside from my focus on the grounds and gardens, I have always enjoyed working with other members of my team and having time to talk to the residents as they enjoy their golden years in and amongst the picturesque village.”
At the of 66, Smith is not slowing down and is looking forward to continuing his role at the Village for the years ahead.
“Retirement might be on the horizon but not just yet,” he said.
With Peninsula Villages now encompassing Pozieres House, surrounded by tranquil gardens and landscapes, Smith’s commitment to the Village has been felt across the board.
“We have been incredibly honoured to have such a dedicated and experienced groundsman in Greg work so hard for our village for 36 years,” Peninsula Villages CEO Colin Osborne said.
“His commitment to our organisation is testament to the wonderful role model he has become and the respect he has gained from our residents and staff alike.
“While often there is focus on the incredible care team that keep our residents well looked after, it’s nice to also celebrate the support staff who work hard to keep our Village an enjoyable home for our residents.”
With more than 300 staff, 80 volunteers and 450 residents, Peninsula Villages is one of the largest employers on the Peninsula.
For more information on Peninsula Villages go to www.peninsulavillages.com.au or call 4344 9199.