St Luke’s Home took two opportunities to celebrate the unique contribution of Joan Jeffery who for 28 years has been an integral part of the many developments of the Home’s Life. Joan was part of the move to the green field side at Mahon, over 25 years ago and has worked tirelessly in her commitment to so many aspects of St. Luke’s. She will retire from her current role at the end of June.

On Sunday 12th June Joan’s rich legacy was celebrated at a 150th Anniversary Afternoon Party on site at St Luke’s Home.  At the presentation the CEO, Tony O’Brien said that “Joan has, in many ways been the lifeblood of St. Luke’s for the past 28 years. She has contributed significantly to all aspects of our work during that time and has remained steadfastly composed and focused on our key organisational objectives, our Resident always being at the centre of those objectives”

In response Joan shared “I feel privileged to have worked in St. Luke’s for the past 28 years.   During that time I have seen many changes, I have made wonderful friendships and it is great to see St. Luke’s going from strength to strength. I will certainly miss all my colleagues and the routine of going to work, however one thing I will not miss and that is the Jack Lynch Tunnel! As our fundraising events are starting up again, I hope perhaps they will give us an opportunity to meet up.  In the meantime, thank you for all the support over the years. I wish St. Luke’s well – for the next 150 years and hope it continues to do what it is doing. A word of thanks to the Board of Directors and in particular to Bishop Colton who was always there to offer advice and guidance when needed.”

The following week the Management Team had the pleasure of a hosting a lunch at Blackrock Castle to honour her friendship, collegiality, and unstinting work throughout the Home.

Joan for so many years has been the link between the Home and the Dioceses and her commitment to both residents and their families, especially in the early days of settling in, was experienced as truly compassionate. As Company Secretary, Joan was a vital person, linking the Board of Directors and the effective running of all aspects of the Home’s commitment to the resident and families. Her dry wit, her ability to support those in difficulties with compassion and her absolute commitment to the vision of the Home and Charity were exemplary.

Joan was always at the end of the phone helping people understand the journey into residential care. She will be missed greatly for her innovative fundraising having established the Corporate Lunch and other core vital fundraising events in the annual calendar. As a colleague she will be missed greatly across the board in the Home. We again welcome Stephanie Kidney who will  continue the roles established by Joan.