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Women celebrated at Sash Ferguson for International Women’s Day

Staff and residents at Eldercare’s Mt Barker aged care home were treated to a gourmet breakfast on Tuesday to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe.

Mayor of the Mt Barker District Council Ann Ferguson shared breakfast with the group and wholeheartedly thanked the women in attendance, as the granddaughters of the pioneers who came to the Adelaide Hills region, for being ‘trailblazers for this country’.

Chaplain Jo Lane provided examples of the many and varied roles the women of Sash Ferguson have played throughout their lives – from painter to nurse, shop owner to farmer as well as daughter, sister, mother, partner and friend.

Jo also told the stories of three women – 2021 Senior Australian of the Year Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, Martha ‘Sash’ Ferguson, who originally donated the land on which the care home now stands, and Sash Ferguson resident Leslie Tomlinson.

Guests heard of Leslie’s history including her time as a nurse, a dairy farmer and a florist, who supplied weddings with flowers from her garden.

Leslie is now well known as an experienced painter who spends most of her time in Sash Ferguson’s art room painting landscapes of Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges.

The event was a group effort as Customer Service Assistant Rebekah Hean prepared the homemade toasted museli and Portuguese custard tarts and Property Services Officer Darren Clark and volunteer Patrick Wynne cooked the bacon and eggs.

Volunteer Graham Heinrich, who has volunteered at Sash Ferguson for almost 20 years, also brought in some homegrown dahlias to brighten up the wintry morning!

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