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Marie Meaney Has Been Leading Our Community for Decades

Maire Meaney when she worked for Southern Cross Care

On International Women's Day we want to share the story of Marie Meaney, who has been a contributing member of the Southern Cross Care community for decades.

A religious order of Catholic Nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor owned and operated Lourdes Valley hostel and nursing home at Myrtle Bank from 1915 to 1983. Sister Marie Meaney worked tirelessly at Lourdes Valley, nursing the aged members of its community. 
In 1983, when Lourdes Valley was transferred to Southern Cross Care, Marie left the order and was appointed as the Director of Nursing. Under Marie’s leadership and training, her team worked hard to provide a high standard of care to all residents while also embodying Southern Cross Care’s values by creating a family atmosphere for residents. 
The Lourdes Valley Nursing Home was the first of Southern Cross Care’s homes to receive Government accreditation and Marie remained the Director of Nursing until she retired in 2002. Marie and her husband are now part of the vibrant Retirement Living community in Myrtle Bank.
The main lecture theatre in our new Learning Hub, for training and developing our staff, has been named in Marie’s honour.
Marie's leadership and ethos embodies this year's International Women's Day theme, #InspireInclusion, as she believes in including and engaging our whole community.
By fostering inclusion in our community, Marie has helped many people to be Better for life.
If you would like to follow in Marie's footsteps, visit our Careers page for opportunities.