The Wauchope Hospital Volunteers group has a new leader with a familiar face – Win Secombe.
The volunteers held their annual general meeting on Monday. After 10 years as president, 74-year-old Roger Adams did not seek re-election and wished Ms Secombe the best for the coming term.
Other key positions filled at the meeting were Vice-president Judy Allan, Treasurer Margaret Mostyn and Verna Wallace, a life member of the United Hospitals Auxiliary, continued in the role of Secretary.
Mr Adams takes on the role of Roster Clerk, Lee Kirkpatrick Assistant Secretary, Joan Egin as Assistant Treasurer and Debbie Garrett as Raffle Clerk.
Special guest, Wauchope Hospital Executive Officer/Director of Nursing Ann Bodill, was quick to thank the volunteers for their ongoing support, hard work and dedication.
“This group of wonderful people really are appreciated by everyone who is touched by their kindness or who benefits from their generosity,” Ms Bodill said.
“We have a great team at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital, and the volunteers are a very important part of that team. They give so much in terms of time and energy, and harness the support of the community in helping the hospital through donations that buy medical equipment and improve patient amenity.
“I thank every single one of them for their support.”
Ms Secombe, who was a recent finalist in the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Volunteer of the Year Award along with Wauchope’s Palliative Care Volunteer Margaret Dark, thanked the outgoing president for his commitment and leadership over the past decade, and shared the accolades with the executive team and the volunteers.
Mr Adams also expressed his gratitude to the community for the support the Volunteers had received during his time as president.
“When I took on the role of president 10 years ago, we contributed about $2000 a year in donations to the hospital.
“We now contribute upwards of $30,000 a year, making us one of the most successful hospital volunteer groups in the state. You don’t achieve that level of remarkable support for your hospital without the community’s backing,” he said.
“From the RSL Club to the Country Music Association, service clubs and op shops, from small businesses to those who support our monthly stalls, we say thank you,” Mr Adams said.
“We couldn’t do what we do in support of our public hospital and its patients without your valued contribution.”