On the 25th May 2017 the Stroke Recovery Association held a Stroke Conference to celebrate 40 years of Service to Stroke in NSW. Unfortunately our Founding President Mrs Anita Rosenberg had passed away in 2011, but we were thrilled to host two of our founding members and many of our life members. The majority of our Stroke Recovery Clubs were represented with many travelling long distances. Club members from as far away as Broken Hill, Tamworth and Ulladulla were present to join over 100 other members of the Association to mark this very special occasion.
Founding members Ros Oliver and Allen Roaenberg joined His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales to open the conference.
Members of our Combined Stroke Choirs were joined by Mrs Hurley to sing “What a Wonderful World”
Our current President John Garbutt and founding member closed the conference at the end of the day.
Members of our current board were there to celebrate.
Members of other State Associations came along.
Health professionals have supported the development of the Association.
Mrs Linda Hurley was presented with a bouquet of flowers for her graciousness in joining the choir as part of the opening ceremony.
Ian McKinnon from our WAGS group was one of the lucky winners of a raffle prize.
We were privileged to be joined by our friends from Royal Rehab who were also one of our major sponsors for the event.
John Lawrence from Blacktown Stroke Recovery Club, another lucky winner of a raffle prize.
Janelle Lewis, of Tamworth Stroke Recovery Club, was delighted with her raffle prize.
The screening of Mother, Child was for most attendees the highlight of the event. Kitty and Tin Pang, writer and producers, followed the screening with a presentation of their Stroke journey.
Susie Wright from The Queensland Stroke Association very much enjoyed her time with us.
David and Aileen Sharpe travelled from South Australia to represent their Association.
Life members Alice Edwards from Tamworth Stroke Recovery Club, Pauline Hodge and Lynn Glandfield shared their experiences of the Association with Govenor Hurley.
It was the first time members of our Orange Stroke Recovery Club had the opportunity to attend an Association event.
It was a great opportunity for clubs from all over the state to meet and catch up with old friends.