Glenorchy Branch retires after nearly half a century

It is the end of an era as the remaining members of the longstanding Glenorchy Branch of Oak Possability have retired.

Their numerous accomplishments were recognised at the Oak Possability Annual General meeting where members were awarded with a lifetime membership to the organisation and presented with a certificate of achievement.

Branch members were treated to a high tea with all the trimmings at Hadley’s Orient Hotel. The group was joined by CEO Drew Beswick and Board Chairman Julie Rimes in an afternoon of celebration and reminiscing.

The Glenorchy branch was formed in 1970 by parents of children with disability to raise funds to establish an enterprise in the Northern Suburbs following the success of the Oakdale workshop on the Eastern Shore. The group organised walkathons, or walkabouts as they were then called.

In 1971 they purchased a property at Clydesdale Avenue, where Walkabout Industries was established and is still based today.

CEO Drew Beswick was full of praise for the volunteer group.

“The Glenorchy Branch has had some very long standing members, many of those here have actively served since the mid-1980s.”

“The things that these people have achieved over the years is incredible and they should be very proud of their achievements. Their contribution has had a huge impact, particularly in regards to our enterprises,” he said.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the members over the years, who have provided decades of voluntary support to Oak and more recently Oak Possability.

Over the years, the group raised funds through raffles, fairs, fetes, cake stalls, morning teas and more, to help purchase much needed equipment to support employees at Walkabout Industries, the Mailhouse and Sewing Service.

They group also organised annual Christmas parties for many years and donated equipment to Oak Community Services.”

Julie Rimes presented each retiring member with a custom made trinket box from Oakdale Industries made from a variety of Tasmanian timber species. The hand crafted boxes contained a personalised plaque inside thanking members for their years of service.

Retiring branch members:

  • Waverley Hanlon
  • Mary McConnell
  • Merlene Bergman
  • Audrey Lang
  • Kaye Wood
  • Irene Sims
  • Jan Garity
  • Carol Bennett
  • Tony Bennett

We thank the Glenorchy Branch for their enormous contribution over the decades.