In 1963, then Sundale President, J.D. Grimes presided over the official opening of Sundale. The main building was named Nicklin Lodge and officially opened by namesake and then Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin.

CEO, Helen Sharpley said Sundale has been a place of great purpose and joy for thousands of residents and care recipients over the past six decades.

“From humble beginnings, Sundale now provides extraordinary care, friendship and support to more than 1,000 residents and care recipients throughout Nambour, Kilcoy and Gladstone,” Ms Sharpley said.

“Underpinning this care is our extraordinary workforce of nurses, lifestyle coordinators, cooks, cleaners, gardeners and volunteers who foster deep and meaningful connections with our residents.

“Sundale’s 60th birthday is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the remarkable impact the organisation has had on the community and to celebrate Sundale’s bright future.”

Jennie Hastie is Sundale’s longest serving employee. The Laundry Manager has spent the past 41 years working at Sundale.

“I really like my job and I love the residents,” Ms Hastie said.

“Sundale is my second home, and has been since I left school as a 16-year-old.

“I feel safe when I’m at Sundale and I get to work with my extended family while contributing to the local community.”

Maintenance Manager, Paul Robinson is Sundale’s second longest serving team member and will celebrate 35 years with the organisation later this year.

“I just love working here. It’s been a great place to work,” Mr Robinson said.

“Sundale is my family, and it has been an honour to care for and help the residents over the past three decades.

“I still get a kick out of the helping residents, especially the look of thanks on a resident’s face when you help them in the garden or inside their home.”