by Molly Hancock
PINAROO has acknow- ledged the dedication and service of one of its employees who has worked for the aged care facility for 20 years.
On Wednesday morning a morning tea was held in the activity room at Pinaroo Roma to commemorate Donella "Nellie” Walton's service.
Ms Walton began working for Pinaroo as a personal carer just shy of her 46th birthday on February 2 20 years ago.
"It's just gone so quickly. I came here 20 years ago and did a couple of days for nothing to see if I liked it,” she said.
"Obviously I liked it because I'm still here today and I'm about to turn 66.”
The morning tea began with Pinaroo facility manager Ian Murphy acknowledging the milestone.
"At Pinaroo we recognise that our employees are our greatest asset, and we are delighted to honour Nellie's dedicated service and commitment to the organisation,” Mr Murphy said.
"It is our employees who uphold our mission and philosophy for a better future for our residents.
"The success of our organisation is a direct result of your efforts and dedication.
"Your commitment to quality and personal and professional integrity is the differentiating factor that sets us apart from our competition.”
When asked what she loved about the job, Ms Walton's answer was simple: for the love of it.
"I just love the job and helping these people,”
"I like to make their life a bit better.”
Pinaroo Clinical Manager Melanie Calvert said: "She's a great asset to Pinaroo and comes to every shift, is really flexible and reliable and all the residents love her.
"We would be lost without her,” Ms Calvert said.
"She still does the night shift and I think she loves to do that,” Nellie's daughter Llana Collier said.
Ms Walton was described as a wonderful co-worker, but also great company by Pinaroo residents.
Ruth Cole said: "She always looks after me and makes sure I have water in my room.”
Auslyn Lynch said: "She is always a friendly face who likes to sit and talk to you.”
The management committee and staff congratulated Ms Walton and said they looked forward to more years to come.