Meet our Enliven Site Managers

By Walsh and Beck | Posted: Thursday August 29, 2019

Over the past few months at Enliven Southland we have welcomed new management to each site. We have welcomed Rachel Linton-Mapp as Manager of Vickery Court, Jenifer de Jesus as Manager of Walmsley House, Carol Riddle as Manager of Peachaven, Donna McEntyre as Manager of Resthaven and Karl Lamb as Pastoral Care and Retirement Villages Manager.

Rachel Linton-Mapp Manager – Vickery Court 

Rachel was previously a manager at Resthaven Village, but has now returned to Invercargill as the manager of Vickery Court. 

Before her initial role as a nurse at Vickery Court back in 2017, Rachel was a Clinical Coordinator at Hospice Southland for a number of years. After working within Hospice, she soon realised that she had a desire to work within aged care, and she proceeded to take up a registered nurse role at Vickery Court. 

Rachel said “It was an easy choice to come back to VC and on my first day back, it felt like coming home”. Rachel is living in Invercargill with her husband Simon, two children Amy and Michael and two dogs, Shadow and Carter.

Jenifer de Jesus Manager – Walmsley House 

When Jeni first came to New Zealand in 2011, she gained her NZ registration and has been working with Enliven Southland for eight years. She first began her nursing career in the Philippines and has worked her way up through the organisation to become the manager at Walmsley House. 

When asked what she enjoyed most about her role, Jeni said “everyday is a challenge, because you never know what will happen with the residents. You get to know the residents and their families and eventually treat them as your own family”. 

“It feels good to be appreciated by your peers and residents at the end of the day and I think that is the reward I get in my profession. Nursing is not just my job, it is my passion.”

Carol Riddle Manager – Peacehaven Village

Carol has worked with Enliven off and on throughout her career in various different roles. She was formerly an enrolled nurse in Oban, Resthaven’s secure dementia unit in Gore, and then became an assessor for carers and registered nurses across various Enliven care homes, helping them to get the necessary qualifications. 

She then moved into a clinical manager role within Vickery Court, a role in which she spent around four and a half years before taking on her first management role at Vickery. 

Carol has now made the move to Peacehaven to take over the role of Peacehaven manager and is excited to continue the amazing work she has been doing with all of our residents. 

Donna McEntyre Manager – Resthaven Village 

Donna’s nursing career started in 1972 at Southland Hospital as a trainee nurse and she has since had a colourful and exciting career working in prestigious hospitals and assisting with the first unrelated bone marrow transplant for an adult in New Zealand. 

After a good few more years working in Crete and rural Pakistan, Donna soon decided to return to Southland and after taking a role as a nurse manager, retrained as a massage therapist. From here she became the official therapist for Southern Sting/Steel netball team for over twelve years. 

Donna soon started to miss her days nursing though, so five years ago she returned to work part-time alongside her massage clients. In May 2019, she took on the role of manager at our Resthaven Village.

Karl Lamb - Pastoral Care and Retirement Village Manager 

Karl Lamb worked at Te Anau’s Lakeside Presbyterian Church for 15 years before heading off to embark on a very varied career, including driving tour buses and managing a luxury lodge. 

He was appointed as the manager of Peacehaven Village in 2017. He now sets out on another journey, in a brand new role, as Pastoral Care and Retirement Village manager. 

Karl is never one to pass up on a new challenge, after years on the international rodeo circuit, Karl has the ability and creativity to adapt to any situation and we are sure he will make this role his own going forward.