Lifestyles - Team Profiles

Diversional Therapist - Karen Norris

Karen NorrisDiversional Therapist

Born in Sydney, Karen moved to sunny Queensland as a young child. She started her working career in the banking industry, raised a family, before trying a new direction in career by working in Aged Care.

Karen has worked as an AIN, as a Diversional Therapist and as an Advocate in other roles in the Gold Coast area, before moving to Gladstone and starting with New Auckland Place. At NAP she has worked as an AIN, as Physio Team Leader and now will assume the role as Diversional Therapist.

Away from work she enjoys working in her garden, cooking, fishing and travelling. Loving the outback, she hopes to be able to travel around Australia one day


Lifestyle Team Member - Barry Mitchell

Margie BoggartLifestyle Team Member

Margaret joined New Auckland Place in April 2013. Prior to working at New Auckland Place, Margaret worked at the Respite Centre in Gladstone for three wonderful years, where she obtained her Heavy Rigid and bus license. Margaret decided to complete a Certificate III in Aged Care when she became a carer for her father-in-law. Margaret supported him in his own home for as long as possible, and would later on help with his transition into an aged care facility.

Margaret has attended numerous workshops, support groups and has also done relief work as a teacher’s aide in both primary and secondary schools. One of Margaret’s proudest achievements is winning the Tafe Vocational Student of the year award in 2009.

Margaret has a wonderfully supportive husband and two beautiful boys. She says that she finds something from her previous training to use on a daily basis in her current role at New Auckland Place. She enjoys learning new things from her co-workers and also from the lovely residents that she cares for daily.


Lifestyle Team Member - Angela Coyne

Angela CoyneLifestyle Team Member

Angela is a conscientious and self motivated individual with great enthusiasm and determination to succeed joined the team in 2015.

Friendly and good humoured whatever the circumstances, Angela is loving the challenges that the workplace provides and loves being apart of the positve effects of the lifestyle program improving resident's quality of life.


Lifestyle Team Member - Dianne Young

Diane YoungLifestyle Team Member

A keen fan of rugby league Dianne joined the lifestyle team in November 2015.

Di has previously worked as a Doctor's receptionist, a service station manager and worked in administration roles.

Joining the lifestyle team, Di has displayed a compassionate, bubbly personality as she runs activites around the facility.


Lifestyle Team Member - Kylie Davey

Kylie DaveyLifestyle Team Member

Kylie joined New Auckland Place working in the café in April 2015 before transferring to the Lifestyle Team in 2017.

I love getting to know the residents and their families. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks on the beach.


Lifestyle Team Member - Tammara Althaus

Tamarra AlthausLifestyle Team Member

New Auckland Place welcomed Tamarra to the Lifestyle Team in September 2019.

Tamarra born and bred in Gladstone, has been married for 15 years and with her husband, have a son together. Her favourite things about living in Gladstone region are visiting local beaches and spending time with her family and friends.

A self-proclaimed ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ she is happiest at home on the couch with her cat named Blaze.


Pet Therapy Team Member - Felix Cat

Felix the CatPet Therapy Team Member


Pet Therapy Team Member - Smokey Dog

Smokey the DogPet Therapy Team Member