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2016 Annual General Meeting

“The work undertaken at PHH in a time of organisational transition has been significant and exhausting for all involved and we are very proud of our achievements over the past year” - that’s how PHH Chair Helen Fairlie opened this year’s Annual General Meeting.

And what a year it has been with the refurbishment project, the Foundation Committee fundraising lunches, a workshop to develop the Strategic Plan for the organisation’s future, the new PHH logo, a review of PHH’s Constitution, accreditation with Australian Council of Healthcare Standards, relocating two offices into the new building—all this happening in the background without impact on service delivery.

This year’s AGM was particularly special as it was held, for the very first time in many years, at PHH’s premises. The light-filled and expansive upstairs meeting room easily housed over 75 guests as members and supporters of PHH came to review what has been a year of massive change, as well as take their first look at what is now the home of PHH.

The week earlier saw members of PHH’s fundraising network visit the building and enjoy the very first morning tea upstairs in the beautiful new space. It was also a fabulous opportunity for Red Hill Catering to view the new facilities in the lead up to their supplying refreshments and catering at the AGM.

CEO Rachel Bovenizer welcomed everyone and kicked off the meeting with some wonderful news—Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, arrived with formal notification PHH’s funding application of $536,000 from the Community Development Grants Programme for the building refurbishment had finally been approved. What a wonderful way to kick start the first of many AGMs in our beautiful new home.Sincere thanks to Chris for following through on his election promise to help secure this much needed funding.

It was fitting that Carmel Whelan, PHH’s first Executive Officer, was there signing copies of her book, I’ve Been There, a recollection on the first five years of the service’s beginnings.Everyone who attended received a copy that Carmel happily signed on the day. As our Patron Dame Elisabeth Murdoch said: “I have such an enormous admiration for Peninsula Hospice Service; it is such a very necessary organisation enabling sufferers to end their lives in dignity and comfort”. If you’d like a copy, please pop into PHH at 327 Main St


Guest speaker author and illustrator Bruce Whatley captivated the room with his fascinating talk about his PhD Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making which looked at the image making of the non-dominant hand discovering in most people the ability to draw lines when using the ‘other’ hand.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s AGM—your presence and well wishes were greatly appreciated and helped make it a memorable event. We look forward to many more gatherings to be shared together at 327 Main St Mornington, the new home of PHH.