A well-travelled former chaplain is now overseeing the running of Carinity’s popular seniors’ community in Highfields, near Toowoomba.
Peter Aspin is the new manager of the Carinity Brownesholme retirement village.
Prior to coming to Carinity Brownesholme, he was living and working as a chaplain in Alice Springs.
“This role entailed varied activities across the local network and community. I have worked previously in pastoral, sales and commercial fields,” Peter says.
He is a former auctioneer and minister who pastored at churches in Auckland, Noosa, Emerald and Toowoomba.
“Church leadership is fulfilling but life as an auctioneer was fast paced. Every role presents different challenges,” Peter says.
Peter is just the third village manager at Carinity Brownesholme in its 26-year history.
Managing Carinity Brownesholme is “both commercial and pastoral” for Peter, and his favourite aspect of his new role is interacting with around 80 retirees who live there.
“Our residents are amazing. We have 61 independent living units, and every resident has wonderful stories to tell,” Peter says.
“Their stories and the graciousness that comes through a settled and rich life are a constant source of inspiration.”
It is anticipated that more than 90 local staff will work at the new 96-bed aged care community when it opens.
“My hope is that Carinity Brownesholme will continue to grow and enrich the lives of all residents, present and future. To be a small part of the story is a reward in itself,” Peter says.
The seniors’ community is set on a former dairy farm and is operated by Carinity, a Queensland not-for-profit which also offers home care services around the Darling Downs region.