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Daphne Oosthuizen

House Manager – Roundhay

Daphne was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and educated in the Eastern Highlands after graduating high school, Daphne went onto to join the staff of Barclays Bank as a ledger clerk in the village where her parents lived, here she attending numerous training workshops and courses and rose up to Manager’s assistant a few years later. It was there she met her farmer husband! Daphne married and settled into farm life and had two children.  Daphne ran the farm office for 3500 farmer workers doing wages calculating all tax returns, spreadsheets for budgets, etc. as well as running the small clinic for minor injuries Daphne and her family farmed in this area until the land acquisition came in 2000 and her husband was killed.

Daphne then closed the book on Africa and came and joined her daughter who was here in the U.K.  on a working holiday. She quickly enrolled herself in college to skill up on her computer skills. It was here she met a lady who introduced her to Abbeyfield in Sutton. Daphne joined the staff as House Manager in 2002 and in February 2010 joined Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in the same capacity. During Daphne’s years with the society, she has attended many courses including Safeguarding & Protection of Adults, Emergency First Aid, Food Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Dementia to name a few.

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