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Cassie Zlonzak
Cassie Zlonzak Apr 24, 2019

Daughters remember their hero fathers

Two inspiring older women whose fathers served in WWI and WWII have spent years dedicating their lives to ensure their loved ones’ legacies are remembered. As Anzac Day approaches, VMCH Berwick aged care resident Betty Whiteside proudly displays a book she spent three years compiling. It includes more than 200 letters her father, Thomas Clair Whiteside, wrote home to his family during WWI. Betty, 95, began painstakingly re-writing her father’s letters after he passed away and set about gaining community...
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Cassie Zlonzak

Cassie Zlonzak

Cassie Zlonzak is the Communications Advisor at Villa Maria Catholic Homes. Cassie has worked in communications within the non-profit aged and disability services industry for almost ten years. A former journalist, Cassie has a passion for sharing stories, particularly surrounding people supported by aged, community, housing and disability services.

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Cassie Zlonzak
Cassie Zlonzak Apr 4, 2019

Pioneering program helps address aged care workforce issue

Five years ago, Anne Mubale was living as a refugee in Kenya, having fled her war-torn home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, Anne provides support to older Australians living in aged care as a VMCH Personal Care Assistant (PCA). And while things are looking up for Anne now, it’s not been a straightforward road. Anne is among hundreds of hopeful refugees and new Australians who undertake aged care training with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) but struggle to find...
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Cassie Zlonzak
Cassie Zlonzak Jan 15, 2019

Housing security for women

Ita Holland and Cecilia Leibu are both strong, independent women.  Though their journey’s to accessing Affordable Housing with Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) are different, they share a tenacity to overcome trauma in their lives. VMCH provides housing support for 399 people aged 55 and over, 71 per cent of residents are single females. Many women in our society face barriers. For VMCH, our work highlights women who have experienced unnecessary hardship due to circumstances which often are out of...
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