As the sun sets on another day spent in the Victorian lockdown, many ponder how their lives will look when we finally return to a semblance of normal; what they will do, who they will see, where will they go? For residents at Lifestyle Communities, these thoughts were recently put to paper when homeowners were invited to share one item they’d like ticked off their bucket list. Dreaming of better times, applications for the inaugural Jack and Jean Clark Grant were plentiful with over 116 entries from across 15 Lifestyle Communities.
The grant was named in honour of two of the first Lifestyle Communities residents who moved into Lifestyle Brookfield in 2005. Jack and Jean Clark would have been the first homeowners at Lifestyle Brookfield if it hadn’t been for their children acting cautiously towards this new venture called Lifestyle Communities. Jack and Jean didn’t give up however and pursued their dream to move into the first Lifestyle Community. Sadly, Jack has since passed. To celebrate their longevity with Lifestyle Communities, this grant was open to all homeowners across our communities and provides an opportunity for them to fulfil a lifelong ambition.
As a part of the key selection criteria for the grants, creativity and thought were a priority, with particular emphasis placed on awarding meaningful applications. The judging panel were delighted with the scope and breadth of the entries and selecting an overall winner proved difficult. Tim and Diane Williams at Lifestyle Bittern were chosen as the overall winners, with a grant of $1,000 to enable them to tick off their bucket list dream of making the journey to the very tip of Australia, Cape York, after three previous failed attempts. As relatively new residents of our Lifestyle Bittern community, their joy at being selected was infectious as they were congratulated over Zoom by Jean Clark herself. Supported by Jean’s son Gavin, when asked what his late father Jack would have thought of their win, he stated, “He would have been over the moon. Dad would have been wishing he could come too”.
In addition to the overall prize, there was also a winner selected from each of the 15 Lifestyle Communities who were awarded $250 towards realising an item on their bucket list. Bridget Meehan, Lifestyle Communities Wellness Coordinator said, “It was lovely to be able to help people fulfill their sometimes-lifelong dreams. There will often be obstacles to achieving these dreams, but these grants can go some way towards making them happen”. And dreams are something we all need right now.
“Our homeowners are central to everything we do,” said Lifestyle Communities Managing Director, James Kelly. “Empowering possibilities for them gives us a strong sense of pride. Our continued focus is fostering our vibrant, thriving communities and creating an amazing place for our homeowners to live”.
The end of Covid-19 restrictions will herald a new dawn for us all; an opportunity to stop dreaming of our bucket lists and start living them. Homeowners at Lifestyle Communities are ready to embrace their bucket lists – are you?