A LOVE of walking, talking and even the occasional kickboxing class is what bonds Gill Chambers and Elise Hayward (pictured), who have spent the past 20 years working together.
But the mother and daughter duo, who work for Mercyville residential home in Craigie, are united in their everyday passion, which is sharing stories with seniors and being there to support the 17 residents they regard as family.
“I started working at Mercyville over 22 years ago and at that time, Elise was quite unwell, so I suggested she join me at work to volunteer, mainly spending time with residents and listening to their life stories,” said Gill, an enrolled nurse, who works as a carer.
“Elise loved being around the residents from day one and more than 20 years later, that passion is still very strong; she adores them all and they love her. To us, going to work is very much a home away from home.”
As a result of her voluntary work, Elise gained a job in Mercyville’s kitchen.
“My mum’s suggestion to begin volunteering at Mercyville has just been the best thing,” she said.
“My work is really rewarding and I still volunteer throughout the week so I get to spend additional time with residents.
“Working with my mum is really special too, we like the same things and most of all we love taking a trip down memory lane with residents and hearing their stories.”