BILL SIGNS OFF END OF AN ERA FOR AGED CARE
48-year run on Clarence Village board comes to end
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.
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.
Dougherty Villa facility manager Charmaine Want presents Bill Dougherty with a collection of well wishes from residents and staff.