50 Year Reunion

CLiaison's picture January 22, 2018

Caption: L-R: Marlene Lane, Fay Wilson, Robyn Donovan, Robyn Day, Sue Habel, Sue Walkom

Seated: Margaret Homfray, Joy Clark, Kavell Lyons and Sandra Dishon - Recognise 50 years of nursing

50 years ago, in January 1968, 10 young women crossed the threshold of the Glenelg Base Hospital, now Western District Health Service (WDHS) to commence their Nurse Training.

Those same women returned to Hamilton last weekend for their 50-year reunion and to celebrate the special life bond they all share with each other.

The group recalled many anecdotes and happy memories, Registered Nurse Kavell Lyons says.

“We reminisced about the wonderful times we shared living in the old Princess Margaret Nurses Home together. How much has changed, not only for the nurses, but also across the whole organisation.

We laughed at the memories of starching our uniforms to the incredible advancements and changes we saw in the hospital. We would never have conceived that you would see a female nurse in trousers in 1968.” Mrs Lyons said.

Kavell Lyons along with Joy Clark both continue to work for WDHS and still enjoy their nursing in Hamilton Mrs Clark says.

“Nursing still gives me the same sense of satisfaction and enjoyment as it did when I first started my career. It is a very fulfilling profession to be in.” Mrs Clark said.

The rest of the group have since retired, but they spent the weekend renewing old friendships, touring the hospital and Allied Health buildings and enjoying Kavell Lyons’s hospitality. They had a special visitor when their Senior Tutor, Faye Gumley was able to join them on Saturday evening.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says it’s been an inspiring journey for these nurses, who have given so much to their profession and the organisation.

“We are so appreciative of the work of all our nurses and the incredible care they provide to our patients, residents and clients.

50 years of service to a profession is an extraordinary achievement, and it is appropriate that we acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and empathy these nurses have given to their profession and community,” Mr Fitzgerald said.