This retired nurse can’t stop enriching lives

Suellen is a Pastoral Care Volunteer at Chamberlain Gardens Aged Care in Wyoming.

After Suellen retired from nursing after 45 years she continued to enrich the lives of the elderly through pastoral care.

The Pastoral Care Volunteer at Chamberlain Gardens is passionate about well-being and emotional care, and feels there is a need of support in this field, especially for the elderly.

Suellen is a country girl who grew up on a property called “Kinross” in Dalgety near Jindabine as one of five children.  She studied in Beridale Primary School, Monaro High School, and then to Cowra Base Hospital to be trained as a Registered Nurse in the 1970s.

After the training, Suellen moved to Gosford and has worked in various areas of health care, including 10 years in palliative care, and for the last 10 years of her career worked in aged care.  She was an RN for 45 years, and retired 18 months ago.  Since then she has completed a counselling degree in 2011, and has started her own practise.

Suellen has a great respect for the elderly which brought her to Chamberlain Gardens in her role as a Pastoral Care Volunteer. She feels she is making a difference in our residents’ lives by supporting them with their spiritual and emotional needs.

More information about Pastoral Care can be found on our website, or please contact Volunteer & Pastoral Care Coordinator Mark Vickers at Chamberlain Gardens for more information on (02) 4329 8016 or