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About

Sundale is a community based, not for profit organisation that supports the needs of its community via outstanding Retirement Communities, Care Centres and In-Home Care support services.

Blending independence, outstanding support, modern accommodation and lush gardens with caring, compassionate staff, Sundale is the perfect place to call home.

Purpose

To provide support and care to our communities to enable them to live their best lives with dignity, respect and choice.

Vision

Sundale has been part of the Sunshine Coast community since 1963 and is extremely proud of its heritage and strong foundations.

Sundale will always honour its past, but is focused on a new, modern future so it can cater to the evolving needs of the community for decades to come.

To make this vision a reality, Sundale will continue to be agile and explore retirement and lifestyle options through the prism of future needs, including technology and amenity.

Sundale is committed to being there for its residents and care recipients when they need us and is focused on developing innovative service models which create connected communities.

Values

Sundale’s values underpin its purpose and reflect the standard of care you can expect at Sundale.

Sundale is committed to:

ACCOUNTABILITY

Sundale takes responsibility for the trust you place in us.

DIGNITY, RESPECT AND CHOICE

Sundale understands that you and your family, friends and health professionals are the best people to help you make decisions.

Sundale will spend time getting to know, to better understand what matters most.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Sundale strives to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.

History

The selfless enthusiasm of the Nambour Apex Club, supported by other service clubs and the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community, raised the funds to lay the first brick at Sundale’s Nambour site in February 1963.

More information about Sundale’s rich history can be found in Elaine and Inga Green’s wonderful book, Sundale Creating Communities 1963 – 2013.

4 Nov 1956
Nambour Apex Club is formed.
1961
Nambour Apex Club purchase 18 acres of land near Nambour.
18 Feb 1963
Construction begins at Nambour Garden Village. Dr Allan Raine (Nambour Apex Club President) places a gold sovereign underneath the first brick as a symbol of the golden opportunities to come.
30 March 1963
Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin lays the foundation stone at Nambour Garden Village.
30 November 1963
Nicklin Lodge (named after Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin) at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
October 1966
Stage two of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
3 May 1969
Stage three of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened by Minister for Social Security, W.C. Wentworth.
30 August 1970
Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke Petersen officially opens McGowan Lodge (to honour a bequest from Mrs L.B. McGowan) at Nambour Garden Village.
9 September 1973
Former Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin, officially opens James Grimes Nursing Home (named after founding Sundale Management Committee President, J. D Grimes) at Nambour Garden Village.
1973
Stage four of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
3 February 1979
Stage two of James Grimes Nursing Home at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
28 November 1982
Queensland Senator, Flo Bjelke-Petersen officially opens the fifth and final stage of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village. The stage, known as Bowder Lodge, honours a bequest from sisters Daisy and Kathleen Bowder.
7 Feb 1983
Nambour Garden Village purchase 15 acres of land neighbouring Windsor Rd, Nambour.
7 April 1984
World President of Rotary International, William Skelton officially opens Rotary Garden Village (Burnside).
26 October 1986
Rod Voller Hostel at Rotary Garden Village is officially opened. The facility honours architect Rod Voller, who was involved in the planning and building of Rotary Garden Village.
December 1989
Sundale Management Committee purchase 17 acres of land at Palmwoods.
31 August 1993
Palmwoods Garden Village officially opened.
2003
Sundale Management Committee purchase Aloaka Lodge Aged Care (Kilcoy) from the Somerset Senior Citizens Centre Board.
February 2004
Coolum Waters officially opened.
2014
Sundale Management Committee purchase Bindaree (Boyne Island) from the Bindaree Lodge Management Board.

Sundale Executive Leadership Team

Danielle Mackenzie
Helen Sharpley
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Helen brings exceptional organisational and people leadership skills to Sundale and is focused on developing a strong and positive culture.

She has worked in a broad range of sectors across strategy and service delivery, engaging with innovative technology to deliver business outcomes and bring about systemic change. 

An adaptable and responsive leader, Helen prides herself on her communication, negotiation and networking skills.

Helen’s passion for caring for vulnerable people is reflected in her volunteering to Chair YFS board, an organisation that backs vulnerable people to overcome adversity and to thrive.

Joined Sundale in 2021.

Martin Cloeraine
Executive Manager Infrastructure and Development

Martin is responsible for Infrastructure and Development at Sundale.

Passionate about delivering great development outcomes for Sundale, its residents, care recipients and the wider community, Martin understands the importance of sound business acumen, strategic thinking and problem solving.

With more than 25 years-experience in property development, Martin knows how to work collaboratively with key stakeholders including government agencies, partners and internal stakeholders to identify opportunities, acquire sites, plan, influence and deliver projects.

Joined Sundale 2021.

Sharon Seymour
Executive Manager - People Safety Learning and Culture

With over 25 years of management experience, Sharon is a highly experienced HR professional who is values based and outcome driven. With experience in Australia and the UK, she has worked across a diverse range of industries.

Sharon is passionate about delivery great outcomes for Sundale and driving change through optimising human resources to create an engaged workforce that delivers high quality care. Sharon is a strategic thinker who drives business success enabling an inspired and highly skilled workforce.

Sharon has a strong background in healthcare and extensive experience in learning and development and workplace health and safety.

Joined Sundale 2021.

Richard Langley
Executive Manager of Corporate Performance

Richard is responsible for Finance, Procurement and Information Systems at Sundale.

Focused on boosting Sundale’s performance, Richard uses data and trends analysis to make informed financial decisions at Sundale. He also oversees cyber risk and safety and ensures the organisation complies with all regulatory and corporate governance requirements.

With 30 years of experience across industry, government and in the not-for-profit space, Richard understands the importance of collaboration and how it can bring together people and streamline processes.

Joined Sundale in 2022.

Catherine Scott
Executive Manager Clinical Governance

Catherine brings more than 25 years clinical and administrative experience to Sundale in both the public and private sectors and has worked across a range of subspecialty practice areas of health in metropolitan and regional health services. 

She possesses advanced clinical leadership skills and has assessed, guided and contributed to the implementation of innovative, evidence based, recovery led clinical practices contributing to highly reliable care. 

Joined Sundale 2022.

Sundale Board

Sonja Walters
Sonja Walters
Chairperson

MBA, BSW, GAICD, Fellow – Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ

Social Worker and training consultant with over 20 years’ experience in Executive and Boards across public, private and not for profit sectors. Particular experience in the property, education, insurance, occupational rehabilitation, and community services industries.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2019.

Christine Perren
Chris Westacott
Board Member

Chris is a specialist aged care consultant who works with organisations to improve performance through practical renewal of their people management and governance systems and processes.

Chris holds an MBA, Degree qualifications in Human Resources and Marketing and a Diploma of Directorship. Chris also holds Fellowships of with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Leadership and Management.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2022.

Ian Hall
Ian Hall
Board Member

Dip.Tech, B.Ed

40 years involvement in Education, including 25 years as Principal. The last 10 years has been as School Auditor which involves reviewing the actions of School Boards and Committees. Extensive experience working with government regulations and policies.

Born in Nambour with numerous family connections to Sundale.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2019.

Jenny McKay
Board Member

Extensive Local, State and Federal government experience, including 20 years as a Sunshine Coast councillor.

More than 20 years of experience in administration for the Queensland Police Service in Nambour,  Maroochydore and Noosa.

A past Sundale Board Member, who played an important role in the creation of Palmwoods Garden Village Care Centre, Coolum Waters Care Centre and Sundale’s In-Home Care unit in the early 2000s.

Born in Nambour with numerous family and friendship connections to Sundale.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board for the second time in 2021.

Angie Coleman
Board Member

Angie is a legal professional with more than 20 years’ experience, specifically in property, retirement living and infrastructure projects.

She is an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary and has advised some of Queensland’s largest developers and retirement village operators throughout her career. She has also had the benefit of having worked in a non-legal role as National General Manager of a large interstate property development company.

She is a graduate of the AICD’s company director’s course and holds bachelor degrees in Accounting, Law and Business Management.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2022.

Christine Perren
Board Member

BBus, AIMM, CPA

Partner with SDE Accountants since 2013 and involved in a number of local community-based organisations on the Sunshine Coast, holding a number of Board positions within those organisations.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

Matt Sierp
Board Member

Matt is an experienced, client focused and dedicated health professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the aged care industry.

He has a wealth of experience in community, retirement communities and care facilities and has developed his clinical and business management expertise while providing effective executive leadership for a number of aged care organisations.

Matt is currently CEO of a not-for-profit aged care organisation and delivers quality operational leadership on aged care issues affecting the industry.

Matt is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2022.

Sarah McAree
Company Secretary

Sarah has extensive experience advising on governance matters. She has worked in the corporate advisory groups of large law firms in Brisbane, Hong Kong and London.

Sarah is passionate about helping not-for-profit organisations implement effective corporate governance practices to enable them to achieve their strategic goals.