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Intouch : In Touch Issue 74
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2010 11 Rosemary said she welcomed the focus on the special needs of people with YOD. Gibson-Denney Centre opening The funding announcement came at the official opening of AlzNSW's Gibson-Denney Centre in North Ryde. The State Government, through the Department of Health, generously assisted with the new centre by providing the building and rental assistance. It also provided a $17,000 grant for capital upgrade through the NSW Government 2009 Community Building Partnership Program. The refurbishment of the centre was also made possible thanks to a generous bequest from the late Dora 'Bunty' Gibson and her sister the late Margaret Denney. "This new centre is a significant step forward in the ability of AlzNSW to help tackle the dementia epidemic that is coming our way," John said. "Being able to bring all our Sydney-based staff on to the one site will allow us to continue to deliver vital support and services to the nearly 90,000 people in NSW who have dementia, and their families and carers. "Because of the ageing population, dementia is a growing concern for the entire community, with predictions it is going to hit 341,000 people in NSW by 2050. "That means 341,000 families -- husbands, wives, sons, daughters and friends -- will be caring for a loved one with dementia who will also need support and care. "We need to be able to be there to help provide that for those living with the illness and for those caring for them," said John. "On behalf of all our members, I would like to thank the State Government for their support and acknowledge the generosity of the late Dora Gibson and the late Margaret Denney." On the same day, the Premier of NSW also officially opened new offices of Parkinson's NSW, which is in the same building as AlzNSW. These new offices will enable Parkinson's NSW to continue to deliver high-quality services to their clients across NSW. Margaret and 'Bunty' Gibson Margaret (above right) and Dora 'Bunty' (above left) Gibson were born in the southern highlands of New South Wales and were educated at PLC Goulburn. Both sisters qualified as nurses, training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Bunty graduated with Distinction in 1952, then went on to win the King George V prize for obstetrics and complete a Mothercraft Nursing course. Margaret was also a qualified midwife. After working interstate, Margaret returned to Goulburn and worked at the Goulburn Base Hospital before her marriage to John Denney. Bunty also worked interstate and at the Gouburn Base Hospital. After qualifying in hospital administration, she was appointed Assistant Matron at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and later became Matron of the Langton Clinic and the Mosman and District Hospital. Later, Margaret and Bunty both lived around Mosman and, being keen opera fans, both had annual subscriptions. In their later years the sisters both developed dementia, as had their father. Margaret passed away in 2008 and Bunty in 2009. Having experienced the trauma of Alzheimer's disease in their own family, the sisters' generous legacy to AlzNSW represents their family's commitment to assist those people and families coping with dementia. Dora 'Bunty' Gibson 1928-2009 Margaret Denney (nee Gibson) 1926-2008 (l-r): The Hon. John Watkins, Ms Miriam Dixon, CEO Parkinson's NSW and The Hon. Kristina Keneally MP Feature
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