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More than 40 years of dedicated volunteering has been recognised by the board of management at Rural Northwest Health.

Hopetoun’s Jean Webster has become the fourth community member to be named a Life Governor of the health service. She was presented with her award certificate by outgoing chair Leo Casey at Rural Northwest Health’s annual general meeting.

Jean joined Hopetoun Ladies Auxiliary in 1974 and became president soon after. Her wonderful commitment to the role has remained solid for 43 years.

The Hopetoun auxiliary has a proud reputation for its hands on dedication and its devotion to both team members and residents. Jean is the finest example of such work.

During her five decades she spent many hours in the hospital kitchen bottling fruit and she regularly took patients’ clothes home for mending. She would spend countless hours chatting to residents, reading to them, running errands and helping in other ways.

The Murray to Moyne riders in Team Outpatients always enjoyed the lunch packs and welcome home barbecues that Jean helped supply. Mr Casey said that for the past 15 years Jean has conducted a regular Christian service for residents and families.

“Jean is ever reliable and passionate about our health service and the elderly of the Hopetoun community, delivering meals on wheels for 20 years,” Mr Casey told the agm crowd.

“For many years she has been a driver with Wilf taking clients to appointments in Horsham, Ballarat and Mildura,” he said.

“Jean is a regular visitor to the Hopetoun campus and the residents look forward to her visit.”

*The life governor award is to recognise and honour people whose service has resulted in a significant benefit to Rural Northwest Health.

Since Rural Northwest Health’s inception in 1999, the service has recognised Beulah’s Max Gibson in 2012, Warracknabeal’s Marie Aitken and Hopetoun’s Les Solly in 2014 and now Jean.

 

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