MORE than 40 years ago a group of people passionate about their community got to work to establish independent living for Warrnambool’s senior residents.
That work was recognised when Heatherlie Homes presented life memberships at its recent AGM, with two awarded posthumously to Archie Graham and Jack Hazeldine.
Two other life memberships were also presented to Del Clapp and Heather Hall for their work in helping to build Heatherlie Homes.
Kerrie Graham received the life membership on behalf of his late father.
Mr Graham said his father was committed to the community and got a great deal of satisfaction from helping others. “He didn’t take no for an answer, if he got a no he’d find another way around,” he said. “It’s what he loved doing.”
In 1972 Archie Graham brought together a group of like minded people to help establish a number of independent living units. The project later became known as Heatherlie Homes for the Aged. During his work Archie Graham helped develop 64 independent living accommodation units. In 1979 stage one of Heatherlie Homes was officially opened by then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
Mr Hazeldine was also part of the committee which helped establish Heatherlie Homes. He also helped secure funding and raise money through a public appeal.
Mr Hazeldine’s grandson Jefferey Hazeldine said it was nice to have his grandfather’s work recognised. “It’s nice to know that the efforts he put in did help with peoples’ quality of life in later years,” he said.
Del Clapp was also recognised for her strong support of Heatherlie Homes which began in 1979 when the Koroit Street complex opened. She was a long time convenor and member of the house management committee.
The former Warrnambool City Councillor has had a lifelong commitment to social welfare issues and the need for adequate services in the community.
Heather Hall was involved with the organisation from 1993 to 2009. She was appointed honorary secretary for Heatherlie Homes and also assisted the Heatherlie Homes Co-ordinator at the time. Mrs Hall also served as chairperson during a difficult period for the organisation.