Bolton Clarke is proud to support thousands of amazing and inspirational women, this International Women’s Day we meet some of our amazing residents, clients and team members who have been kind enough to share their stories.
Cynthia Clifford lives in the Fairview Residential Aged Care community at Pinjarra Hills. Cynthia joined the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) in October 1943 during World War II.
She was originally told she was going to be doing administration but Cynthia said, “I didn’t sign up to the army to sit behind a desk, so they made me a gunner.” She served for many years in the armed forces before moving to Brisbane.
Pat Kameric lives at the Chelsea Retirement Village in Maryborough, she has dedicated thousands of hours volunteering for the Cancer Council to support her local community. Each year she works with the residents of the village to hold an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea party and on several occasions, has raised exceptionally high amounts of money.
In 2014, aided by her friend and fellow resident Joan, she did a Cancer Free Challenge on behalf of Chelsea to raise funds for cancer research. Through the sheer hard work and determination of all involved over, $26,000 was raised. Chelsea won the Rookie of the Year and the Highest Fundraising Team for the Wide Bay Burnett Region.
Josephine Muffatti lives in the Fairview Residential Aged Care community at Pinjarra Hills, she was born in Italy in 1926 and migrated to Australia in 1951. She worked with her husband who was a grocer and remembers struggling in Australia as she did not speak the language. She taught herself to read English through the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine. She had three children and loves her life at Fairview.
Meet Dr Marissa Dickins, Dr Judy Lowthian Dr Liz Cyarto and Georgina Johnstone from the Bolton Clarke Research Institute an innovation hub which has forged a reputation both nationally and internationally for high impact community health and aged care research. These wonderful women are part of a multi-disciplinary team of research fellows and officers, with a strong focus in areas of ageing, chronic illness, mental health, disability and dementia.