40 Years of Volunteering

November 13, 2014 by Natalie Shymko
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Recently retired NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir recently attended Sydney’s Montefiore which has celebrated 40 years of volunteering.

 

CEO Robert Orie, Max Kahn, Dame Marie Bashir, president David Freeman and treasurer Tom Mautner

CEO Robert Orie, Max Kahn, Dame Marie Bashir, president David Freeman and treasurer Tom Mautner

It was a day when the Montefiore Randwick home remembered the Blue and White volunteers who initiated the volunteer program forty years ago. Their vision and dedication provided the foundation on which the Home has built the present robust volunteer program.  Montefiore as a community understands the true value of volunteering.  Volunteers have always been and continue to be the cornerstone of Montefiore’s community.

Dame Marie Bashir with student volunteer Jenna Dave and resident volunteer Selina Brandon

Dame Marie Bashir with student volunteer Jenna Dave and resident volunteer Selina Brandon

“Montefiore has a proud history of volunteering.  In 1974 we had 20 active volunteers and now our numbers have grown to over 500. Our volunteers are a valuable asset and enable us to enhance the quality of life of our ageing residents,” said Ms Hazel Stein, Volunteer Manager.

Dame Marie Bashir presented the 2014 Spirit of Volunteering Oration.  Dame Bashir is extremely well known to Montefiore and indeed to the entire Jewish Community. Throughout her career Dame Bashir made it her business to stay connected with her friends and the community and in 2003 launched the Randwick Home construction.  She has visited the Home many times since then.  Montefiore was thrilled to welcome her back to the now vibrant home for the elderly community supported by its committed volunteers.

The special event included musical entertainment and was attended by Montefiore’s President, David Freeman, Chief Executive Officer Robert Orie, Board members, staff members, residents and of course the dedicated volunteers.

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