BILL SIGNS OFF END OF AN ERA FOR AGED CARE

48-year run on Clarence Vil­lage board comes to end

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Howard tim.howard@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

AF­TER 48 years of run­ning with the ball in the cause of aged care, Bill Dougherty has fi­nally passed it on to some­one else.

At yes­ter­day’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of Clarence Vil­lage Lim­ited, Mr Dougherty, an­nounced he was step­ping down from the board af­ter 48 years of ser­vice.

For many of those years he was chair­man be­fore hand­ing those reins to the in­cum­bent, Ge­off Shep­herd, who was re-elected un­op­posed yes­ter­day.

The tributes flowed thick and fast for Mr Dougherty, who was a found­ing mem­ber when Dougherty Villa be­gan op­er­at­ing in the late 1960s.

Another found­ing mem­ber, David Abra­hams, re­called those early days and the strug­gles they had fund­ing the op­er­a­tion.

“When we kicked it off we thought it was go­ing to be rel­a­tively easy,” Mr Abra­hams said. “But it got a bit hard and we weren’t get­ting near a tar­get.

“So it was sug­gested we should em­ploy this guy to come in from Western Aus­tralia and give us some ideas on what should hap­pen.

“And within a cou­ple of months, it turned the whole thing around and we were re­ally go­ing for the tar­get.”

In his fi­nal ad­dress Mr Dougherty likened his ex­pe­ri­ence at Dougherty Villa to a football match.

“I was al­ways told when you got the ball you had to run with it,” he said.

PHOTO: TIM HOWARD

STEP­PING DOWN: Bill Dougherty has re­signed from the board of Clarence Vil­lage Lim­ited at its AGM yes­ter­day af­ter 48 years ser­vice. Board chair­man Ge­off Shep­herd, Fed­eral MP Kevin Ho­gan, Clarence Vil­lage CEO Phil Bel­letty and Clarence Val­ley Mayor Jim Simmons were on hand to thank him for his con­tri­bu­tions.

PHOTO: TIM HOWARD

Dougherty Villa fa­cil­ity man­ager Charmaine Want presents Bill Dougherty with a col­lec­tion of well wishes from res­i­dents and staff.

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