Carrington Care's 100 year old volunteer marks 60 years of service

Sheila Murdoch has been a volunteer for the past 60 years and at 100 years of age, she has no plans of slowing down.

The Orangeville resident has volunteered at Carrington Care for more than six decades.

Carrington residents, friends and family held a special 100th birthday celebration for Mrs Murdoch today.

Mrs Murdoch said she started volunteering at the aged care facility to give back to her community.

“I started with the Carrington Pink Ladies, who were some of Carrington’s very first volunteers,” she said.

“I love playing the piano at Carrington now and I consider playing for the residents there just pure enjoyment.

“I particularly enjoy the company – nobody objects no matter how bad we play.”

Mrs Murdoch plays with a band called the Melody Makers. 

They perform concerts at Carrington Care weekly.

“I learnt to play the piano when I was about eight or nine years old, firstly from my mother and then an old school teacher started teaching me during the 1930s when teachers were quite scarce,” she said.

“I am also self-taught, but my family has always been a musical one when I was growing up.”

Mrs Murdoch said her fondest memories of growing up revolved around music.

“I can clearly remember the first time that music meant something to me,” she said.

“I recall my father and mother always used to sing together, with my father playing the fiddle by ear.

“Most of my brothers and sisters also played an instrument or sang- it was a well known local orchestra called ‘Walsh’s Orchestra’.”

Mrs Murdoch will officially celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, July 7. 

She has multiple events planned throughout the weekend with her family, friends and church group.

“Reaching 100 is a wonderful milestone – even if it isn't all smooth sailing,” she said.

“It's much nicer to be younger.

“Thank you to everyone for making my 100th birthday so memorable.”

But Mrs Murdoch said reaching triple digits was easier in today’s society.

“There is no secret to reaching 100,” she said.

“We live in a wonderful era with new technology and the advancements with medicine have been wonderful.”

Mrs Murdoch moved to Orangeville in 1946 with her late husband Les.

“I like everything about Orangeville, especially the neighbours and the people – it's a nice part of Camden,” she said.

“We have farmed here, originally vegetable growing then dairy farming for many years, and now we have beef cattle.

“My son Jim runs the farm now.”