July 8, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
It was a fun-filled birthday weekend for Dorothy Harles at Arcare Helensvale St James as she celebrated her 100th birthday with a whole lot of pink!
On Saturday, close friends and families of Dorothy’s were invited along to a birthday party at the residence café. Team members had decorated the café with ‘100’ balloons, pink tablecloth, pink balloons and a pink cake.
The whole café was filled with laughter and joy as everyone sang her Happy Birthday, while Dorothy stood beaming as she was surrounded by her loved ones.
Upon turning 100-years-old, Dorothy also received a special card from the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II congratulating her on a milestone achieved.
On Monday, Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday for the second time with team members, clients and family! A delicious array of food was prepared by the food services team which included fish bites, lamingtons, cake, calamari, quiches, sandwiches and pies.
As Dorothy blew out the candles on her second birthday cake for the week, residence manager Fiona joked about having one hundred candles for Dorothy to blow out!
One of our volunteers Michelle also said, “Here’s to a lovely birthday to an even lovelier lady!”
When asked about having any words of wisdom, Dorothy cheekily said, “it’s a secret, I keep them to meself”.
Dorothy began her Arcare journey with us on the 10th of June at Sanctuary Manors, then Helensvale St James. She and her family had looked at 7 other aged care residences, knowing that Arcare was the one.
As they reminisced memorable stories of Dorothy, her daughter-in-law shared that Dorothy’s love and passion for gardening, cooking and baking is probably what keeps her going day by day.
While her son Bruce happily stated that his mum could recite the alphabet backwards! We all encouraged Dorothy to give us a demonstration and in under 5 seconds, she was able to recite the entire alphabet from back to front. She definitely has talent!
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.