THE community at Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village is bursting with excitement at the news that their village manager Mandy Julian has been named as National Manager of the Year by the Retirement Living Council at their annual summit.
After securing the Queensland crown in October, Mandy had her sights firmly set on the national prize and says that she's thrilled to have been selected.
"I'm still on a high," she said.
"I feel so privileged to have such a vibrant village and such special residents."
The coveted award recognises outstanding village managers who "go above and beyond" for their village community and Mandy's win comes as no surprise to those who have known her or worked with her.
"We could not be more proud of Mandy winning the national award as a well-deserved recognition of her achievements and passion for residents," RetireAustralia's chief operating officer Matt Row said.
"This accolade could not be possible without the outstanding staff and wonderful residents of Carlyle Gardens.
The Retirement Living Council's executive director Mary Wood also offered her congratulations to Mandy and reinforced the prestige of her achievement.
"Mandy should be incredibly proud to be recognised as 'the best of the best' for 2015," Ms Wood said.