CHC Story

Changing of the guard

at Catholic Healthcare’s St Hedwig Retirement Village 

It was an emotional moment when Kathy Eberl announced her retirement as Village Manager for St Hedwig Retirement Village in Blacktown, 34km west of Sydney’s CBD, after more than 30 years diligent service.

Kathy was CEO of St Hedwig Village when Catholic Healthcare took it over in February 2020. She was instrumental in the doubling of the size of the site in 2000. It is now undergoing a complete redevelopment of the village with 72 contemporary, one-, two- and three-bedroom self-care apartments, along with plans for a new aged care residence.

St Hedwig was established 36 years ago by Sydney’s two German-speaking Catholic communities St Raphael in Blacktown, and St Christophorus in Croydon, 9km west of Sydney’s CBD. St Hedwig was orginally predominantly for German-speaking people.

Kathy’s departure sees Jenny Roberts (pictured left) became St Hedwig Village’s new Village Manager.

Jenny joined as Village Manager from RSL Lifecare last September.

She is most excited about opening the brand new state-of-the-art village and welcoming both current residents and new residents.

Opening a new village and having a hand in shaping the culture of a community is a fabulous opportunity for a village manager and Jenny looks forward to creating a thriving community where people can be themselves, and live independently but with piece of mind knowing that she is there to support them with home and community services and should their needs change, our onsite aged care facility.


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