Gorgeous Glengarry Gardens

By 8th December, 2014 All, News No Comments

Glengarry was a hive of activity last Friday when nine employees of HR company, Brookfield Johnson Controls worked alongside regular Glengarry contract gardeners Josh Bland and Maxi Dubois. As part of its work environment, Brookfield Johnson Controls gives each of its staff members two paid leave days each year to work with, and give back to, the community or charitable organisation of their choice. Read More

From Latvia with Love

By 1st July, 2014 All, News No Comments

As we celebrate Christmas in July in Australia (a concept that will no doubt be incredibly difficult for our friends across the seas to understand!!), this story from far away in Latvia will warm your heart … In the lead up to Christmas we usually hope for a miracle, we hope for something brighter – it is a time of expectation.  In December 2013, at the history museum of Kraslava High School in Latvia, we had a moment brighter than we could have hoped for. An Angel’s touch reached us from across the ocean, from the continent of Australia.

Completely unexpectedly, we had a visit from Ludzites Veronika’s daughter Amanda. Amanda’s Mother (now a resident of Glengarry), graduated from our School in 1940. Amanda was visiting in order to acquaint herself with relations, and the place where her Mother was born and raised. She had little hope of finding out much about her Mother’s school days.

However, the years of work put into compiling the history of our School have not been in vain. There were some welcome surprises for Amanda. As she perused the three history books of our School, she found her Mother’s name in the list of graduates, along with photographs and the School chronicle photographs that included her Mother. This was the first time Amanda had seen these, as her Mother was not able to take these with her when she left Latvia in 1944.

All of the photos were scanned and photographed and so Veronika will be able to see her School roots that go back 73 years.

In  turn, the School museum had an opportunity to find out a bit about the fate of one of its graduates – and so another bit of information is added to the ongoing compilation of history, which includes documenting the lives of those graduates we have been able to contact.

We express sincere gratitude to Amanda, who received all of the existing information we had with a great interest, and gave us very positive feedback and expressed her amazement at our work. This was another reaffirmation of the importance of our historical research.

Janina Gekisa.


By 28th May, 2013 News No Comments

Commencing Monday 3 June 2013, the work is expected to last for 12 weeks. During that time we will be installing pipe work throughout the building, sprinkler heads into each resident bedroom and  bathroom and dining rooms. We will try to minimise disruptions to residents, however we will need to temporarily move residents out of their rooms for up to two days each while we install the pipe work and sprinkler heads. Our facility manager Jose Rigor will liaise with families about the moves as they are identified. The project team is meeting each week on site to plan the work for the week and to manage any impact on residents, staff or families.

Our construction manager has presented us with a safety management plan for the site. All contractors coming on to the site will have Police and identity checks. We are fortunate that the Construction Manager, Safin Pty Ltd, has worked with us before and built the beautiful staircase enclosure in 2011.   Superior Fire Solutions, the specialist installer, has also worked with us before  carrying out the monthly maintenance  of our fire safety equipment. Both Safin and Superior are familiar with working in operating aged care environments.

If you would like more information or raise an issue in respect of the work being undertaken please  contact Jose Rigor at Glengarry.



By 14th May, 2013 News No Comments

The project is about to commence at Glengarry in Mosman.  We have taken a construction management approach to complete this work, first tendering for a construction manager to coordinate the works and undertake any building work in connection with the installation of fire sprinklers, and then tendering for a specialist firm to install the sprinkler infrastructure and commission the system. We are delighted that Safin Pty Ltd are the construction managers and Superior Fire Solutions are the specialist installers.

The project has been refined over the planning period. Retrofitting sprinklers in an existing operational facility is a complex undertaking. How we will progress the work, including architectural and operational requirements has been refined and with the assistance of Superior Fire Solutions we have simplified the some elements of the design. Total project cost is $250,000. We estimate the project will take 12 weeks from commencement.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to residents. We will have to temporarily accommodate residents in alternate rooms at the home while water pipes and sprinkler heads are installed. We will be meeting each Monday with the construction manager and specialist installer to coordinate work for the week. We will also update progress on this blog


By 25th April, 2013 News No Comments

Anzac Day 2013 Daniel McJohn and Toby ThomasAfter marching in the Sydney CBD, Knox Grammar School cadets Daniel McJohn and Toby Thomas visited Glengarry to talk to residents.  Here they talk to Mrs Kaye Plenge who was a corporal  in the army and served in Egypt and Palestine in WWII driving trucks.