AGM a celebration of BCH history
Bellarine Community Health’s (BCH) Annual General Meeting has been a celebration of dedication to community service.
More than 70 BCH members gathered this week to hear the presentation of financial and annual accounts, and join in the recognition of decades of service by both staff and volunteers.
AGM guest speaker Austin Paterson, the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the amalgamated Community Health Centres on the Bellarine, was one of four BCH CEO’s at the event.
Current CEO Shane Dawson was joined by Mr Paterson, Mrs Moyneen Curtis and Mr Graeme Howie, also former CEO’s. Together the four represented decades of work with Bellarine Community Health.
“This organisation is steeped in such history and is so treasured by its community,” says CEO Shane Dawson. “It was humbling to be in the room with three former CEO’s of the organisation and to be able to acknowledge the years of dedicated service by staff and volunteers.”
Portarlington resident Lorraine Collinson was recognised at the AGM for her 40 years of volunteering with BCH.
Mrs Collinson has been an integral member of the Portarlington Ladies Auxiliary and has worked tirelessly for the past four decades to help raise funds and support the establishment and continued operation of the Portarlington Community Health centre.
Two new Board Directors were also announced at the AGM following a ballot contested by four community members.
“We had a very high standard of candidate contest the ballot and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank all the nominees for putting themselves up for election,” said BCH Board Chair Doug Grant.
“We are delighted to welcome Ms Faye Agterhuis and Dr Virginia Dixon-Swift to the Board and look forward to their input in helping us shape the organisation moving forward.”
The newly elected Board Directors have considerable knowledge and experience in governance and health care.
Ms Agterhuis has lived on the Bellarine for almost 20 years. She has held numerous leadership roles in community settings and is currently the Principal of a Primary School on the Bellarine.
Dr Dixon-Swift has a PhD in public health and has been involved in several key projects to improve health outcomes for people in rural areas. She also teaches and mentors students in the health care sector.
Bellarine Community Health’s Board members volunteer their time to oversee the governance of the organisation. Board members are elected for a three year term and sit on several of the organisation’s operational sub-committees.