Father’s Day is always a special day at Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) as we celebrate the wonderful dads in our villages. This year RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Village had the chance to recognise our resident and ‘village artist’, Bob Gibson.
Bob, who is now 94 years old, moved into our Village in 2005 and has made quite an impression with his phenomenal artworks that can be seen throughout the Village. As well as being a talented artist, Bob is an inspiration to all as the longest living diabetic in Australia. On the 7th April, 2016 Diabetes Australia presented Bob the Kellion Victory Award to commemorate his 80 year battle with Diabetes. His determination and positive attitude has ensured he has never stopped living his life to the full.
Bob has one daughter and many grandkids and great grandkids. Although Bob does not get to see his grandkids very often, it is always a special occasion when he does. “It’s a pleasure seeing my grandkids and I couldn’t be prouder of them” says Bob.
“Bob is an outstanding individual with a big heart and always has a smile on his face” boasts Martin Bunyan, General Manager. “He is an inspiration to our Village and we are proud to call him a part of our family”.
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On 1 July 2016, RFBI welcomed our new Chief Executive Officer, Frank Price. Frank has been a valued member of the RFBI Executive Team since 2007 when he joined RFBI as our first Chief Financial Officer. Since this time Frank has demonstrated the leadership qualities RFBI needs for us to keep growing and responding to the reform agenda planned for our industry.
Frank’s move comes on the back of Alex Shaw’s retirement on 30 June. Alex was an outstanding leader and a key part of RFBI for over 35 years. During his long and dedicated service he lead RFBI admirably, taking the organisation from a single residential care village operator, to the multisite and multiservice operator it is today.
All of us at RFBI wish Alex the best in his retirement and future endeavours.
RFBI through its Benevolence Assistance Scheme has funded two scholarships to assist in the creation of a skilled workforce to address oral health issues in rural and remote communities. We wish to congratulate the first candidates that have graduated from the programme organised by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Sydney University, the Open Training and Education Network and the government.
The RFBI Benevolence Assistance Scheme may be available to any individual or charitable group in need of assistance.
At RFBI we are incredibly proud to be able to call ourselves a leading Aged Care provider throughout NSW and the ACT. We are passionate about improving the services and facilities that we can provide to current and future residents, to ensure their families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are experiencing the best care possible.
Improvements and renovations are currently taking place across four of our facilities, and we are excited to be able to share with everyone what exactly is taking place below.