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Times are a changing in Maitland

  • by Kate Bowman
  • September 15, 2022

Today is the last day on the job for one of our longest serving Volunteer Coordinators – Judith Robinson.

Judith first joined Volunteers for Palliative Care in Maitland 21 years ago as a volunteer. Over this time she gradually moved into paid positions, first in administration, then as Assistant Coordinator. In 2009, Judith took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator as has been their longest serving coordinator to date.

As a valuable and long-standing member of the NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers Judith has been involved in organising two Volunteer Conferences. In 2010, Volunteers for Palliative Care were celebrating their 20th anniversary and successfully bid to host the conference in nearby Tocal. Judith helped bring it all together with the help of other managers from our network including Sue Cleary, Volunteer Coordinator from the now defunct Mid-Hunter Palliative Care in Singleton. In 2017, Maitland was the venue for another successful Volunteer Conference, held at the historic Monte Pio Hotel.

I asked Judith to speak about some of the highlights for her over the years.

“My top thing to do has always been to recruit and train new volunteers. I love that part. Every training session for me has been a highlight. Watching volunteers grow into their role is what it is about.”

Judith tells me she is pleased to be moving on to new horizons but that knowing a service is still supporting its community after 32 years is a wonderful to have been a part of.

Palliative Care NSW and everyone in the NSW Network of Managers of Palliative Care Volunteers wishes you all the best for the future, Judith. Thank you for being a part of this space with us.

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