Village Baxter: May 2021

The more things change, the more they stay the same – Alphonse Karr

In mid-April our Company Chairman, Boyne Alley, passed away after living with pancreatic cancer for the last couple of years. Boyne had joined the Board some 17 years ago and had been Chairman for the last 12 years.

The Village has been fortunate to have had Boyne’s contribution and his guidance over such a long period of time. Boyne had previously held very senior Executive positions with World Vision and Coles Myer, and in his later years worked (in a voluntary capacity) with a number of not for profit organisations including Baptist Union of Victoria, CPA Australia, Light FM, and Melbourne City Mission.

Boyne was generous in sharing his skills and knowledge with our Board and Senior Team and this ensures that his legacy will continue to provide stability and certainty in an uncertain world.

Being an accountant, Boyne was a familiar participant at our Annual General Meeting where he gave a presentation to Village Baxter Residents on the financial results of the Independent Units over the previous 12 months and an update on other parts of the Company’s operations.

Our condolences have been expressed to Boyne’s family as they deal with the loss of a husband, father, grand-father, father-in-law and friend.

At Boyne’s memorial service, one of the readings was from John 14: 27 and I have reflected since about how reassuring I find the final words of this verse during times of change:

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

As I write this, the Board directors will be meeting in late April to consider the immediate future for vacant positions and I will circulate a notice on these deliberations shortly thereafter. As always, change can be unsettling and in times that are already uncertain, any change can be challenging. Boyne was quite upfront about his prognosis and our Directors have had time to consider various options for the future. I am confident that Residents will feel reassured by the continuing presence and long-term connection and commitment that each of our Directors have with Village Baxter.

Our stable Board and Senior Management team are charting a course through difficult times, especially with the uncertainty of Government decisions on the future of aged care, the handling of the COVID vaccination options and the resulting impact on the Commonwealth budget for the future.

However, what I do know for sure, is that we have all the right people in place to continue to make good and informed, evidence-based decisions to ensure that we will continue to deliver high quality care and services for the long term.

Kim Jackson, CEO