Newling Gardens has welcomed a new Village Manager, Jennifer Thomas.
The appointment comes after the retirement of the much-loved Sharron Chappell, who spent nine years at the village.
Jennifer, who first moved to Armidale from Sydney in 1983, was previously a property manager, and, prior to that, a teaching aide.
In her first days in the role, she has enjoyed learning about village life and getting to know residents.
“Some of them will just pop in for a chat, and I love that,” she said.
“I’ve heard some beautiful stories.”
As Village Manager, it is Jennifer’s responsibility to look after all aspects of the day-to-day running of the village, and to ensure life is peaceful and stress-free for everyone.
“Everything has been positive so far, and everyone has been supportive and friendly,” she said.
“The residents especially have been so supportive.”
Newling Gardens is known for its friendly community and busy social calendar.
“I’m looking forward to organising a few more activities with the residents,” Jennifer said.
“I might even join in the singing mornings!”
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