Auburn stalwart calls it a day

Auburn Hospital volunteer co-ordinator Yvonne Dickeson (in the white and black dress) is retiring after 26 years at Auburn Hospital.

After 26 years, Auburn Hospital’s volunteer co-ordinator Yvonne Dickeson has decided to call it a day.

Yvonne commenced at Auburn as a community liaison officer in 1992. In this role she raised funds for special equipment by organising fun runs, charity golf days, fetes, carols by candlelight and many other activities.

Yvonne then became a public relations officer for Auburn Hospital, raising community awareness and co-ordinating the hospital’s ministerial and VIP visits.

With her camera at the ready, Yvonne was always there to take snapshots of Auburn staff in action.

For the past few years Yvonne has managed volunteers at Auburn, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals, mentoring hundreds of vollies.

Recently Yvonne has experienced some health issues and decided it’s time to retire.

Auburn Hospital corporate services manager Gordon Timmins said Yvonne will be dearly missed by all the volunteers, colleagues and staff.

“Yvonne’s legacy and goodwill will be remembered throughout Auburn, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals for many years to come,” Gordon said.

“She will be greatly missed by many. She forged many relationships with the local community, business and patients.

“We wish her all the best as she relocates to her country property at Krambach to become a lady of leisure.”