Increasing accessibility for the Raleigh Urunga community.

By invite from our team, RFBI Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village welcomed Melinda Pavey, Member for Oxley, and Matt Fanning, Bellingen Shire Council’s Deputy GM of Operations, to discuss ways to join local communities along the Old Pacific Highway.  A designated cycle/pedestrian pathway and reopening access to the Old Pacific Highway off Giinagay Way were discussed as ways to provide our residents and members of the community from Mylestom to Urunga with safe and easy access throughout the local area. Continue reading

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.







Father’s Day at RFBI

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”.