Yallambee residents, sponsors, staff and board members recently celebrated their Christmas party and another year of operation at the popular ‘Home for the Aged’ facility.

The occasion allowed newly appointed chairperson Colleen Fuller to welcome all in attendance and to introduce new board members, Brett Reynolds and Owen Hasler, as well as thanking current members, Judy and Brian Lenton, Amanda Cooper and Tania Keath.

“I would particularly like to thank a former long-term board member who is with us today, that is Margaret Dodd, who has done so much dedicated work for the residents of Yallambee over many years,” Mrs Fuller said.

“It is also appropriate for me to recognise Lyn Pine, secretary of the Emerald Hill CWA, as the group has made a donation of $500 to Yallambee this year.

“The Rotary Club of Gunnedah West members, Karen Neader and Kel Walls, are also with us today and their club has assisted with many projects around the site over the last year – without such support and sponsorship we would find it difficult to operate.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the work and contribution of staff, led by supervisor Tania Keath, who do such an amazing job in looking after our 21 residents.

“Thank you for your effort and commitment in ensuring our residents are well catered for and supported.

“The new board looks forward to a busy and productive year in ensuring the ongoing operation of Yallambee in 2024 and wish you all a happy Christmas and New Year.”

Everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by local musician Dominic Goodwin-Hauck who provided an hour of delightful song until the presentation of Christmas presents was made to residents and staff.

The Yallambee story began in 1962 when two local groups combined to form the Gunnedah Homes for the Aged Association. On October 20, 1963, the first stage of the project was officially opened by Mayor Frank O’Keefe. The name chosen for the complex was Yallambee, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘To Dwell at Ease’.

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