Career progression

What’s it like to work at Calvary?

Calvary values everyone who works within the organisation. Happy staff make happy residents. Many of the employees over their years working at Calvary have undertaken courses, and have been provided with assistance to help enhance their careers.  Watch here as they talk about the benefit of working at Calvary.

Gary HancockGary Hancock – Gardener

Gary spent his 21st birthday at Calvary and he is still here for his 60th.

He started as a nurse in the 70’s when male nurses were a rare sight.

After 12 years of nursing, Gary took on the role of driver and assistant gardener. Supported by Calvary, he completed four years of horticultural study and now also manages the hydrotherapy pool.

Gary is often seen lending an ear or a hand to patients and their families in the beautiful gardens of Calvary, a place Gary calls home.


Anna DrazevichAnna Drazevich – Catering Manager

“I had retired from BCC, when I received a phone call from Deb Booth (Manager of Calvary Retirement Bruce ACT). Deb asked if I would be interested in looking after the café they have at Calvary. This was the start of my work at Calvary.

“With the help and support of Deb and the management team I did my TAFE course, renewed my chef certificate and did my First Aid. I went on to become Manager/Chef at Calvary.

“I love what I do for the Residents and staff. I like to think I deliver a high standard of food and hygiene. I do this for the benefit of the Residents, so they can enjoy the time they spend at Calvary.

“I now have the opportunity to help with Disability. I have completed my Certificate III in Hospitality and I also have 2 chefs under my guidance. I was given the opportunity to come to Ryde. When I arrived in NSW for the first time I met with residents and staff at Ryde and have enjoyed the opportunity to work with both them and Deb. I could go on, but I must say I have enjoyed my 6 years with Calvary and cannot think of anywhere else I would rather be.”