Volunteers recognised by health service

East Grampians Health Service has recognised the long service of some of its 150 volunteers.

Volunteers were awarded for five, 10 and 15 years, and an outstanding 40 years of service to Willaura Healthcare and the Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary by Val Albert.

East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive Andrew Freeman congratulated all award recipients.

“Our volunteers are an integral part of our EGHS community and we have missed them very much this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions,” he said.

“The volunteers work across a variety of areas of the health service, including the EGHS Auxiliary, Residents’ Support Group, Ark Toy and Activity Library Auxiliary, Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary, Oncology, Red Cross, Garden View Court, 70 Lowe Street and the Patricia Hinchey Centre, and all provide a valuable service and support to our staff, patients, consumers and residents.

“Congratulations to all our long service award recipients, particularly Val Albert, who has volunteered at Willaura Healthcare and with the Willaura Auxiliary for 40 years.

“We can’t wait to welcome you all back as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Awards presented:

40 Years: Val Albert

15 years: Michelle Brady, Kate Connellan, Annie Gellert, David Haddow, Gwen Haddow, Therese Jess, Margie Kilpatrick, Bev McRae, Bernie Perovich.

10 years: Marilyn Fisher, Cheryl Hurnall, Mieke Hunt, Pam Kaczynski, Jan Pope, Maureen Smart, Judy Wohlers.

5 years: Meredith Barr, Denise Calvert, Chris Clayton, Chris Doak, Anne Hedgeland, Heather Hevey, Lorraine Keith, Daphne Lewis, Rodney McClurg, Carole McGregor, Ross McGregor, Di Pickering, Margaret Spong, Mary Stapleton, Elaine Thornbury, Christine Van Straaten.

Volunteer coordinator Rachel Loffler (left) and EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman present Val Albert with her 40 year service award