TEARS were shed as the legacy of philanthropist and social justice campaigner Josie Black was remembered in Terang yesterday.
Mrs Black’s son Marcus Hunt said by naming the community health centre in her honour it would ensure his mother’s community work would live on.
Mr Hunt said his mother, who died in 2009, was passionate about contributing to the community and it just happened that her work was done in the south-west.
Mrs Black’s three sons, three daughter-in-laws and seven grandchildren attended the community event.
“This is her legacy for our family,” Mr Hunt said.
“It goes a long way for our grieving.”
Terang and Mortlake Health Service chairman Graham Blain said Mrs Black was the driving force behind many organisations through out the Great South Coast region.
“Josie described herself as a farmer and educator but her interests were diverse and passionate,” Mr Blain said.
Mrs Blake was on the Terang and District Hospital board before it merged with Mortlake District Hospital and she remained on the Terang and Mortlake Health Service board until her death.
“In life we meet and work with special people,” Mr Blain said.
“Josie was one of them and we will not forget her.” Terang and Mortlake Health Service CEO Mark Johnson said Mrs Black had been heavily involved in primary health care and opened the centre in 2006.
“She was a well-regarded philanthropist,” he said.
“In a small way this recognises that and her contribution to the community.”
Mayor Chris O’Connor also paid tribute to Mrs Black and said she always had the community at heart.
“A lot of the work she did was probably in the background,” Cr O’Connor said.
“She was a very inclusive person with strong networks and her empathy was always with people in need.”
Mr Hunt and his family also donated a reproduction of a view of Mount Noorat painted by by Eugene Von Guerard to the community health centre.