Exceptional service to aged welfare has seen Regis staffer Chris Grady honoured with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
Receiving the prestigious accolade serves as a testament to his lifelong commitment and the profound impact he has made on the lives of others.
"This recognition represents the culmination of my life's work and the fulfillment I find in serving others," Chris said. "It is my hope that it inspires another young individual, like a younger version of myself, to follow their dreams."
Chris embarked on his Regis journey in 2011, joining as the lifestyle coordinator for Regis Armadale in Victoria.
During his tenure, he garnered two notable accolades - the 2016 Lifestyle and Leisure Award and the 2017 National Award for Outstanding Facility Services.
After a two-year sabbatical from Regis, he rejoined the organisation as the club service manager at Regis East Malvern.
His affinity for creating a positive and engaging environment drew him to the aged care sector.
"I wanted to be able to work in a community that is nurturing and enables me to support and nurture our elderly residents to live full, productive lives," he said.
As a club service manager, Chris' typical day mirrors that of a hotel concierge tending to the diverse needs of residents.
He values the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives and enjoys being part of a supportive team.
"Working with the older community brings me immense joy and inspiration," Chris said. "I love it. They have so much to offer and they are so inspirational.
"The wisdom, experiences and resilience of the elderly residents continually motivates and enriches my life."
Chris has advice for those considering a career in aged care: "Be prepared to work hard and know that you are making a difference on a daily basis.
"The rewarding nature of the work requires dedication, compassion, and a genuine desire to positively impact the lives of others."
Outside work, Chris loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoys leisurely walks with his beloved whippets.
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