Australia Day Award for Otway Health Volunteer

Friday, 27 January 2017
Otway Health volunteer, Frances Simm, was acknowledged for 52 years in voluntary service at Colac Otway Shire’s Australia Day ceremony in Apollo Bay.

Frances received the Shire’s Community Service Award, celebrating the achievements and contributions made by outstanding members that inspire us through their efforts, making us proud to be Australian.

Frances has served in a voluntary capacity on the Otway Health Auxiliary Board, and then later as the Auxiliary Board President. She was instrumental in establishing the Apollo Bay Opportunity Shop in 1965 as a secure business to raise funds for Otway Health.

Since it opened, the Apollo Bay Opportunity Shop has raised over 2 million dollars for Otway Health to support the delivery of health care for the community. Frances was still volunteering at the Apollo Bay Opportunity Shop well into her 93rd year. With a volunteering career spanning half a century, Frances proves herself to be a role model for both her generation and younger generations as well. She has shown that age is not a barrier for helping the community and how volunteering has helped her to age well.

Volunteering is a popular activity of retirees and Frances’ story as a long term volunteer who has positively affected the social fabric of Apollo Bay can only serve to inspire others to serve the community as well.

On behalf of the Board, CEO, Management and Staff, Otway Health thanks Frances and all volunteers for their ongoing activity. Otway Health is supported by 110 volunteers, all of whom are invaluable to the organisation, assisting it to deliver a broad range of health services and programs to the community.


Pictured: Frances Simm with Otway Health CEO, Debra Cerasa at the 2017 Australia Day Ceremony in Apollo Bay.