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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
IN TOUCH SUMMER 2011 7 CARER AWARDS The CEO of AlzNSW, The Hon. John Watkins, has congratulated the recipients of the 2011 NSW Carers Awards and paid tribute to all carers for their tireless work in caring for and supporting people in need. The recipients were announced at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House in October as part of NSW Carers Week. "I would like to, in particular, acknowledge the work of Susan Murphy, who was the recipient of the Caring Partner Ambassador Award, " John said. "Susan cared for her mother, who had memory problems, for many years and now cares for her partner Graeme, who has Younger Onset Dementia. "Susan and Graeme are both very active advocates for Alzheimer's Australia NSW and we are thrilled that Susan has been so appropriately recognised for what she does. " The recent Alzheimer's disease Help Our Carers (Ad-Hoc) group Christmas in July function was another great success. Attendees got into the festive spirit and were given the opportunity to dance. “This is the frst time I’ve danced in 20 years, " one gentleman remarked. The Ad-Hoc group formed in 1995 out of a desire of a group of volunteers to help the carers of people with dementia. The frst event was a dinner party, which was so popular that gatherings began to be held on a regular basis, at frst every two months and then every month. The Ad-Hoc group is not a fundraising committee; the volunteers are former carers themselves, and Ad-Hoc's purpose is to give support and pleasure to both people living with dementia and their carers through regular social events. The gatherings are run by a cheerful group of volunteers, who have the good fortune to have among them Kay Dyson (their Masterchef!) to lead with suggestions for the menus of great food, which the volunteers and Kay prepare. Functions are held at the AlzNSW's Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in North Ryde, and the appreciation and joy felt by the people who attend these events has been noted by the volunteers. "Dad never talks at home, " one daughter commented about her father with dementia. "But when he attends an Ad-Hoc event, he doesn't stop talking. " Meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month (except December) and the cost is $10 per meeting. For more information on Ad-Hoc events contact Patrice or Amanda. T: (02) 9888 4268 A SOCIAL NETWORK NEW STAFF AlzNSW has welcomed a host of new employees in the past three months. • Anneliese Coghlan has joined us as General Manager of HR and Volunteering. • Brendan Moore is General Manager of Policy, Research and Information. • Anne Lunnon has joined us as the new Support Services Manager. • Amanda Gilbert has joined the team at the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in reception and administration. • Megan Thomas has joined the fundraising team as Donor Development Executive. • Christine Yum has joined the services team as Commercial and Special Projects Administrator. • Dean Kilby is Business Relationship Executive, Education and Sector Development. • Nina Eagle has joined as DAS in the Southern Highlands. • Julie Ann Stewart has joined the team in Port Macquarie in administration and community liaison. • Pam Sligo has come on board as Tweed Heads Project Worker -- Community Access and Inclusion. • Terri Farrelly is our Project Worker -- Dementia Community Development Illawarra. • Educator Donna Moore has joined the Services team. • Carol Clark has been helping the Corporate Services team • Gay Finch is our DAS in Eurobadalla. • Robyn Rutherford is working out of the Alzheimer's Australia ACT offce as DAS in the surrounding NSW shires. • Stuart Torrance has joined the team in the Newcastle offce as Community Access Project Worker.
In Touch Issue 78
In Touch Autumn 2012