All posts by Frank Price

Australia Day honours for Joyce Watt OAM

We congratulate and celebrate with our very own Joyce Watt OAM following her recognition in this year’s Australia Day honours list. Joyce has been associated with RFBI Hawkins Masonic Village since 1974, and has been volunteering for the last 30 years. Initially employed as a staff member at the village, she was appointed as the Village Caring Officer following her retirement, where she now works tirelessly for the benefit of our residents. Continue reading

RFBI Inaugural Corporate Volunteers Week a huge hit

As part of a new initiative designed to give our business partners an opportunity to experience what residential care is like the RFBI Way, teams from across RFBI welcomed 30 Corporate Volunteers to join in the life of one of our Villages for a day.

Our Corporate Volunteers were able to join in with some of the activities our residents enjoy on a regular basis, from snooker tournaments, bowls, and bingo, to high tea and happy hour. Feedback from our Volunteers suggest that they had as much fun as our residents.

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CEO Commendation Awards 2016

Across RFBI we have an amazing team who, every day, demonstrate our passion for improving the lives of our residents and clients through the work they do. Each year though, we take a moment to celebrate the actions taken by those who have gone over and above the call of duty and achieved extraordinary outcomes. These people are recognised with a CEO Commendation award.


This year at our Senior Managers Conference I was delighted to give out three CEO Commendation Awards in recognition of the efforts of these staff members: Sharryn McDonald, Tracey Gibson and Steve Ellitt.

Sharryn McDonald is the General Manager, RFBI Cessnock Masonic Village and was commended for her calm and confidence during the bushfires in the region in early November. With a real threat of evacuation, she ensured staff knew what their roles were and residents were reassured with a hug, a touch on the hand, a smile and gentle words of confidence.

Tracey Gibson, General Manager, RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village was confronted with the unexpected death of a resident in tragic circumstances. Tracey demonstrated great leadership as she managed the situation, working effectively with local law enforcement whilst comforting family and staff.

Steve Ellitt, Assets and Contracts Manager, RFBI Head Office, was also awarded a CEO Commendation for the outstanding work he did to ensure the smooth transition into our new offices. The commendation was recommended by the Board following his efforts which resulted in staff being able to leave our old office on a Friday and start work on the following Monday from our new offices without a hitch.