In 1990, as a young property manager, Jock was responsible for collecting rent, in cash, from The Cottage Homes residents. Three years later he was asked to join the Management Committee. After serving on the Committee for more than a decade, Jock was identified as the next President, and in 2006 commenced this role.
Jock served faithfully as The Cottage Homes President until 2021, when he handed over the reins to current Chair Meredith Wyles. At the 150th Annual General Meeting on 27th July, Jock retired from the Board, ending his 30-year connection with the organisation. Jock oversaw significant change during his time with The Cottage Homes, including the development of 10 new units at Ascot Park and more recently the important transition from a management committee to a Board of governance.
Jock noted that relationships are central to The Cottage Homes ethos – including volunteers, residents, and contractors. Jock highlighted the important changes that have occurred at The Cottage Homes during his time, with his final remarks including “Look at what we’ve got today”.
The late great, Arthur Ashe, 1975 Wimbledon champion, once said “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost”. If Arthur Ashe is correct, then Jock Berry is a true hero.
The Cottage Homes will greatly miss Jock’s valuable contribution, calm demeanour and wisdom. We are forever grateful for his commitment and leadership. Thank you, Jock.