Five New Life Governors For PDH

From Left: Margie Oates, Tracey Brumby, Hazel Short, Mike Noske (Missing from photo Ellie Lane)
Chris Giles CEO presents plaque & Life Governor badge to Ellie Lane
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Four long term volunteers and a former board of management chairman have received Portland District Health's most prestigious honour by being named as life governors.

Volunteers the late Hazel Short, Margett Oates, Ellie Lane and Faith Sutterby joined former chairman Mike Noske in receiving the honour.

It is the first time for several years that PDH has bestowed the honorary awards.

CEO Chris Giles said life governorships were made available to people who have provided outstanding and continued long services to PDH.

"We thank all five volunteers for the endless hours they give to the community and PDH," she said.

Mr Noske was a board director for nine years, including three as chairman, before retiring this year. "Mike has always been passionate and very dedicated to ensuring the community benefits from the services provided at Portland district health and active health Portland," Ms Giles said. He was particularly outspoken in trying to encourage community use of local health services.

Mrs Short was a former Glenelg shire senior citizen of the year and a volunteer with Telecare, Harbourside Lodge, Meals on Wheels and in the hospital over 27 years. "Hazel's enthusiasm and empathy inspired others along the journey with her," Ms Giles said.

Mrs Oates worked with the PDH environmental staff for 10 years and has been a volunteer over 25 years. "Margie is a strong advocate for carers and is there to step in and make a difference wherever she can," Ms Giles said. "She has an outstanding reputation for being extremely reliable and as an enthusiastic participant."

Mrs Lane has won many awards for her long standing volunteer involvement with PDH which stretches over 28 years, including being named rural volunteer of the year in 2014. "Ellie has always been keen to share her passion for the community to provide better health outcomes for all," Ms Giles said.

Mrs Sutterby has clocked up 33 years of volunteering and also won a rural volunteer award in 2011 after which she was invited to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Government House. "Faith is the image any organisation would want as the face of volunteering," Ms Giles said.

The five life governorships were announced at the annual general meeting on November 12.

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