Our retirement living footprint received a significant boost, with the opening of stage two of The Gracewood Community in Kellyville, comprising 80 independent living apartments. We also acquired three local retirement villages from Newcastle City Council.
Our partnership with the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT grows from strength to strength, and we each appreciate the support we bring to each other.
Our leadership, comprising the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Group have given their very best to BaptistCare, and we commend and thank them for their wisdom and dedication.
We thank and farewell Judith Clendinning, Dr Graham Henderson, Ian Jackson and Greg Sheridan, who resigned from the Board during the course of the year, for their service and the expertise they have brought to BaptistCare. In particular, we acknowledge and honor Dr Graham Henderson, who served as a Board Member from 1995 and became Chairman in 2008. Graham retired from the Board in November. We have been blessed by his passionate interest and investment of his time into our organisation over the many years.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of our staff and volunteers, and to sincerely acknowledge and thank them for their contribution to BaptistCare. It is perhaps obvious, yet critical, that we acknowledge the hands, feet, hearts and minds of the people who extend care, assistance, support and compassion to every one of our customers.
In 2 Corinthians 9:12 Paul writes, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
For all involved with BaptistCare, no matter their position or the role they perform, we thank each of our staff and volunteers for carrying out the mission of BaptistCare.
We remain focused on God, knowing it is through His grace, provision and love that we are able to enter into the lives of our customers, and their families, and meet their needs. We approach this privileged position with the very clear purpose of transforming lives by expressing the love of Christ. It is in Him, and through Him, that BaptistCare can rest and trust in our future.