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Opening of Community Garden in Albury

Trent Dean, CEO and Vicki Bartel (wife of the late Geoff Bartel).


Mercy Connect officially opened their much anticipated Community Garden on Tuesday November 26 in Albury, with local Elder Aunty Edna delivering a passionate ‘Welcome to Country’ to their many invited guests and dignitaries, including Srs Eveline Crotty, Elizabeth Moloney, and Karen Donnellson.


The garden was the result of a partnership between Mercy Connect and the Rahamim Ecology Centre, and is another example of the Institute’s sustainability policy in action.


The project not only allows people with a range of disabilities to live a connected and enriched life, but also increases their interaction with the wider community, including Thurgoona Prechool and Public School.


In his speech, Chief Executive Officer, Trent Dean paid tribute to a former Mercy Connect employee, Geoff Bartel. Geoff actively developed the Branching Out program and enabled Mercy Connect to transition into a supported wage program offering paid employment for participants. Sadly, Geoff passed away earlier this year; however it was with great honour that Mercy Connect welcomed his wife to help plant a Manchurian pear tree in tribute to her husband.


Afterwards, all of the invited guests share celebratory cake and refreshments, whilst having the opportunity to purchase a range of wonderful Christmas themed crafts and woodwork created by their participants.


Mercy Connect Participant, Mark, showing off works from the Crafters’ Nook program.


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