Our staff

Providing Quality Care for the elderly

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Facility Manager

Having worked as Assistant Manager since 2008, Wendy Smith has taken on the role of Facility Manager. Wendy was a real find for Puriri Court as she has over 26 years’ experience in care and support of the older person as well as a strong customer focus and well honed administration skills.

Wendy has proven leadership abilities and is relentless in her pursuit of excellence. She’s also a Registered Workplace Assessor for the Career Force and Health Education Trust. When she’s not working, Wendy enjoys pursuing her passions for travel, interior decorating and floral design. She is also enrolled in part time study through AUT.

Shelley Doidge

Shelley Doidge

Activities Co-Ordinator

Shelley has worked in Aged Care for 21 years in a variety of roles associated with the care of older people.

As Activities Co-Ordinator she brings her vast knowledge and experience of suitable activities to the role. Her expertise enables her to creatively support our residents in a variety of crafts and activities with which they are already familiar, as well as encouraging them to achieve new skills and experiences. Shelley is also our Bus Driver and she ensures that residents are treated to a variety of outings.

Dawn Gruebner

Dawn Gruebner

Clinical Nurse Manager

Dawn Gruebner joined our team in May 2015. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in clinical leadership resulting from 16 years as a District Nurse specialising in wound care. Dawn gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing 2010.

In her spare time she continues to study, and also enjoys time with family. She is an avid hockey follower.

Glenys Ballantyne

Glenys Ballantyne

Accounts Manager

Experience in residential care extends right across the Puriri Court team including Accounts Manager Glenys Ballantyne. She’s worked in the industry for more than 16 years including many years doing accounts – so there’s not a lot she doesn’t know.

Her background certainly helps Glenys when it comes to liaising with clients and their families, which is one of the aspects of her role that she enjoys the most. Glenys takes a break from crunching numbers outside work as she’s an artist in her spare time.

Bernie Hately

Bernie Hately

Maintenance Manager

Bernie started his working life as a laboratory assistant at Hikurangi Dairy Company where he spent 21 years in all areas of the testing and quality control of milk products. He took a special interest in the callibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Over the last ten years Bernie owned and operated a small photography shop in Whangarei specialising in restoration, and alternative methods of display.

A little word of thanks (poem)
For a whole lot of thoughtfulness
There are all kinds of things
But none could mean more
Than the thank you this brings.
Not only for your kindness
But for the wonderful way
You have of making it seem your pleasure
To care for all in this way

 

Barbara, Julie and family