Saturday, January 1, 2022

PEACHY - HONOURING A LIVED LIFE



"Peach?" inquired the teacher at the regular class roll call. When I heard the "present, sir" response, and with the surname "Pintado", it was a prompt for me to sit up and pay attention as I was next in line to be called.

This is how I first heard the name David Peach, which belonged to my schoolmate from St. Leo's College in Sydney in the mid 1970s. A friend for over 40 years "Peachy", as he was affectionately known, passed away from pancreatic cancer in November 2021.

This is not an attempt to eulogise him - he would have cringed at that. His achievements over the best part of his years on the planet are acknowledged by Members of Parliament, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Launceston Examiner, Manly Daily and in a blogpost by his friend and Mens Table founder, Ben Hughes. 

I learned a lot from not only WHAT Peachy did, but HOW he lived his life. Our schoolmate, Liam, described him as a “life enthusiast”. His passion was motorbikes, travel, gatherings, and goodwill. Peachy combined all these by becoming involved in, and leading as CEO, the Black Dog Ride. This organisation raises awareness and funds for men’s health and depression research by sponsoring bike rides where camaraderie is a key component. These rides took him across the United States and Australia. He was also instrumental in pioneering the Men’s Table group, for men who want to regularly meet to speak openly in a social environment.  

He loved communities and causes. Peachy worked for Epilepsy Action Australia at one stage, and would regularly send us emails requesting contributions for various causes, including Radio Northern Beaches in Sydney, where I was privileged to be interviewed by him in 2013. 

He enjoyed the closeness of his schoolmates from St Leo’s College. When we left school in 1979, the St Leo’s Old Boys (SLOBS) group stayed connected through his leadership. We worked together with a few others to put together our 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th school reunions, which were very well attended. We stay in touch through regular get-togethers and social media. The SLOBS were well represented at the event celebrating Peachy’s life.

His greatest gift was in bringing people together. Whether it was in one-on-one catch-up ‘peepmeets’ with me, his radio audience on Sunday mornings, business communities in Launceston, Tasmania, or a social gathering with friends and schoolmates. He was, invariably, the catalyst, instigator, and connector of these events.  

I lost my own blood brother, Tony, back in 2013. On the day I heard Peachy had passed, I felt like I had lost another brother. I reflected on Peachy’s short life for some time and realised how much he had packed into this life, and contributed to the world, in just under 60 years. At a time when we are so busy with work and life, locked down through Covid and pressured to chase success, what drove this man to such a full life and a remarkable legacy? 

A few days after he passed, I had a vivid dream that I was speaking to him, face to face. I asked him bluntly, “Now that you’ve passed, Peachy, what did you make of your existence on this planet?”. Without hesitation, he replied:

“You got it wrong there, Mr. Pintado. I didn’t just exist – I lived.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

WHY OMNICARE.



WHY OMNICARE.

omni- [ˈɒmni] PREFIX  - all, of all things

care [kɛː] NOUN - the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.

VERB - feel concern or interest; attach importance to something.
(care for) look after and provide for the needs of.

Why would an executive with 30 years’ experience in the metropolitan corporate world of technology decide to take the reins at a regional care provider?  

As CEO of Omnicare, my role involves leading over 150 staff across a footprint spanning the New South Wales Mid-North Coast region in Australia.  I’d been on The Board (all voluntary posts) of this aged, disability and dementia service provider for less than a year, when I stepped in to replace my predecessor. 

On paper (or screen) this might get a few heads scratching – dividing my time between my Sydney home and the comparatively small tourist town of Port Macquarie. However, I’m on a mission to help pave the way for Omnicare to become a flagship of the care sector across the nation, and beyond.

Omnicare Alliance does things differently. That’s why I got involved in the first place.

As I’ve alluded to, Omnicare is about ‘looking after all’ – that means holistic support, not just for clients that use our services at home or in our day centres, but for their primary carers (typically partners, adult children or siblings). One of the exciting advantages of being involved in a people-first community-based organisation is that there’s more scope for flexibility and adaptability. 

Take, for example, the recent NSW bushfire situation that has devastated many homes in the region. Road closures and dense smoke created significant disruptions to Omnicare’s regular operations. However, from senior management, through to team leaders, frontline staff and even volunteers, we were able to respond quickly and appropriately to ever-changing conditions.

Three for the team
What I’d like to share are three philosophical themes that underpin my leadership.

Care – one of the reasons I joined The Board was my experience of my father’s final 15 years. That’s how I became acquainted with the aged care sector and the tough conversations and decisions that precede the passing of a loved one. The Royal Commission into aged care is set to shake up the sector. Omnicare is already one step ahead – employing Montessori principles to support clients who are aged or living with disability or dementia; their carers; and staff. “Let’s understand who you are and what you can do” epitomises the Omnicare way in the form of The WISER Approach to our support.

Change – there is so much stigma in the sphere of aged care: ageing, death and dementia are areas many people find taboo, regardless of their prevalence.  The term ‘elderly’ has come to be associated with frailty and dependence, rather than the more positive connotations of seniority and wisdom. Omnicare challenges stigma, promoting dignity, independence and quality of life. We strive to make a positive impact on the sector.

Connection – the term ‘not-for-profit’ might conjure up thoughts of altruism and empathy, but the flip side is it might suggest the bottom line doesn’t matter. Think of Omnicare as a ‘profit-for-purpose’ organisation.  Compassion and close ties to the communities we serve are front and centre of everything we do, but sustainability is achieved through professionalism and a commercial outlook. Ensuring clients feel they contribute meaningfully and engage socially is at the heart of Omnicare’s quality of service.

That's Omnicare. Here's to doing things a little differently to make a difference.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A Candle Is A Candle



I met a new friend on the morning train commute to the city last February. On this March morning, our regular casual conversation started quite normally.

I related a story to her about a blackout at home due to a thunderstorm the previous evening. As daylight turned to darkness, I searched the house for some light that didn’t require electricity. It came to me that I had a torch light app on my iPhone and that I also had a torch in the car for emergencies.

She then asked, “don’t you have any candles?” I said no as I didn’t see the need for them as other forms of artificial, battery operated light served the same purpose. “Why do I need candles?”. She then offered something quite profound and thought provoking.

“A candle is a candle”, she said. After a quizzical look and a moment, she shared more.

“It’s not just light that a candle provides. It’s the experience of lighting it to give it its power. It’s the beauty of the flame ignited and present. It’s the smell of the wax burning and the scent of its essence. It’s the puffs of smoke rising and its ability to light the most darkened space. It’s about extinguishing the flame with the promise of lighting it, again and again. It’s also about their symbolism and meaning, from the sadness of holding them to honour those who have passed to celebrating a birthday by blowing them out for each passing year.”

Wow. That’s when I got it. Technology can replace a function but struggles to replicate and enhance a full, meaningful human experience.

A candle is indeed a candle.

Thank you for “enlightening” me, Ania. You are a candle.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BROTHERLY BAND OF LOVE



When my brother, Tony Pintado passed away in March 2013, I promised myself that I would visit his grave regularly.

During an early visit, I took a rubber band from some flowers I placed for him as a way of remembering him and put it on my wrist, until I could find a proper wrist band.

Shortly after, I was given a more permanent wristband. I took the rubber band off and dropped it on my coffee table.

Without a word of a lie, it landed like this ... message received loud and clear, brother.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Ultimate Flu Tablet




Recently​ and like many others​, I had the flu. ​

The best remedy was ​to stay home and rest in bed without getting bored. The ​perfect cure was the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro is more than a tablet - it's also a projector. It's thin, light and carries a built-in projector, allowing user​s​ to ​project videos and movies on a wall or screen. You can adjust the positioning of the tablet to easily play a movie on whatever wall or ceiling your eyes desire.

Armed with a few cough and cold medicines and a box of tissues, I set-up the Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 Pro while lying on my bed, fired up a movie, pointed the device at my bedroom wall and voila - there was ​the classic movie, E.T.​ ​playing ​on my wall ​with clear, crisp audio coming from the front facing speakers.

When I finished the movie, I also caught up on some YouTube videos and read some email​s​ from the comfort of my sick bed between naps.

In Australia, you can acquire one of these puppies direct from Lenovo for around A$700.

For me, it's the ultimate flu tablet!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOR THE SEAN IN OUR LIVES - Sean Harrison Tribute




I went to school with Sean Harrison but I didn't know him well. I know that he was one of the guys who hung out with his own friends and would make the odd contribution in class. We'd have the occasional interaction but he pretty much kept to his own group.

What I didn't know is that Sean suffered from depression. After his school life, he went through some tough times which resulted in his taking his own life at the tender age of 38. I think those who knew him were just as surprised at his tragic demise as those who didn't.

I think we all have a "Sean" on our lives. The individuals who look OK on the outside but are struggling with internal demons that ultimately consume them. So what can we do to learn from and help prevent what happened to the Sean's in our lives?

My school mate, David Peach did something about it. He was a close friend of Sean and decided this year to take two actions. One was to honour his memory with a tribute ride known as the Black Dog Ride from Sydney to Central Australia. The ride creates awareness of depression and raises funds to provide mental health services. The second action was to raise money from the community for the cause.

I have a deep respect for David for honouring a fallen schoolmate and for doing something about raising awareness and funds to assist in preventing this happening to others.

If you have a Sean in your life, I encourage you to read about him through David's compelling story and maybe place some dollars in David's online bucket to fund more services to deal with this condition via this link: 
https://ridetotheredcentre2015.everydayhero.com/au/davidpeach

Saturday, March 7, 2015

All The Things You Are - A Brotherly Tribute to Tony Pintado






One of the things my brother, Tony loved to do was sing. At family events like my Mum's 80th birthday in July 2011, he sang the Frank Sinatra torch song, "All The Things You Are" in his own inimitable style.

It's these memories that made us want to remember him for the vibrancy and personality he brought to our lives. In essence, all the things he was.

On the second anniversary of his passing, his brothers and sisters decided to honour his memory and celebrate his life in an online tribute site. We wanted to share with family and friends our memories of him via the stories, photos and videos of his time with us.

You can access this tribute site on tonypintado.com. The site has been optimised for smartphones and tablets.

I'd appreciate any stories you may want to share about Tony and any feedback you may have via the contact form on the site.