Melbourne’s Jewish Care has held its 2021 Annual General Meeting

November 12, 2021 by Elana Bedwell
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Dr John Zelcer has been elected and Susie Ivany, Prof. Sharon Goldfeld, and Michael Schoenfeld were re-elected to Melbourne’s Jewish Care Board.

The Jewish Care board

Jewish Care thanked retiring Director and Assistant Treasurer, Mr Frank Ajzensztat for his nine years of committed leadership and dedication to the community.

Guest speaker, Mr Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians highlighted some important understandings from the report he issued in November 2020, ‘Ageing Well in a Changing World’. As a highly respected and passionate advocate for the needs of senior Victorians, he shared his expertise and insights into issues relevant to our ageing positively in our community. Gerald went on to say “I congratulate Jewish Care on their amazing commitment to provide the best possible care and support to all their clients and residents during what will go down as one of the most challenging years for the aged care sector in Victoria.”

Recipient of the Leo and Mina Fink award, Delysia Payhoff with her daughter Debra Kiven, Gerard Mansour (Left) and Bill Appleby CEO

The Leo and Mina Fink Community Service Award was presented to the profoundly deserving Delysia Payhoff OAM. Each year this award is presented to a volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution and lasting impact to the areas of fundraising, community development or enhancing the brand and reputation of Jewish Care in the community.

“As the founder and leader of the Friends of Montefiore Committee for over 38 years, Delysia has made an outstanding contribution in furthering Jewish Care’s vision of building and supporting a healthy, resilient and inclusive Jewish community. Delysia’s tireless work with Jewish Care over the many years, has had a tangible and meaningful impact on the lives so many of our clients and elders”, said Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer.

In accepting the service award, Delysia Payhoff OAM said “I feel so honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award and I am so happy to have my daughter Debra here with me tonight. My family are so proud of me and that gives me great nachas too.

Jewish Care farewelled and thanked outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Bill Appleby, for his 12 years of dedicated service. As highlighted by President Susie Ivany OAM, “Bill’s unwavering commitment and ethical stewardship has led to an extremely exciting journey of transformation and evolution for the organisation.”

Building on Bill’s legacy will be Jewish Care’s in-coming CEO, Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly. Alan has had vast experience as an executive and chief executive for almost twenty years in both the public health service and private aged care organisations.

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