Life Members

Carers NSW acknowledges our Life Members for their dedication and commitment.

Joan Bullock

Joan served on the Carers NSW Board for 20 years until 2005 and then continued as a volunteer before her death in that year. Prior to her time at Carers NSW, she was an active member of the War Widows Guild. She was awarded life membership, the first bestowed by Carers NSW, in 1997.


Averil Fink

Averil was essentially the Founder of Carers NSW and had a long association with many community organisations including Council on the Ageing (COTA), Beehive Industries, Meals on Wheels and the Retirement Villages Association.  Her interest in caring as a social issue spanned 35 years.  Averil cared for her husband who died of a brain tumour in 1997 and received life membership of Carers NSW in 2000.  She served on the Board of Carers NSW until her death in January 2011.


Patricia Dunn

Patricia devoted many years to the needs of young carers, initiating innovative programs like young carer camps at Carers NSW.  She worked in a volunteer capacity as the Young Carer Project Information Officer until 2000. She was awarded life membership in that year.


Nina Crown

The longest serving volunteer at Carers NSW, Nina has given much of her time to the organisation since the early 1990s.  Her most important contribution was coordinating the compilation and distribution of carer kits.  She also played a vital role in membership tracking and newsletter distribution.  Nina was awarded life membership in 2002.


Muriel Foster

Muriel served on Carers NSW Board for 15 years after co-ordinating respite care programs in Sydney and was involved in a range of other services including Home and Community Care services and dementia support.  She also cared for her mother.  Muriel was awarded life membership of Carers NSW in 2005.


Niall Quinlan

Niall began his volunteering career at Carers NSW when studying at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.  He attended young carer camps as a camp leader for many years and was awarded life membership in 2005.


Bart Madden

Bart began volunteering at Carers NSW in 2004 while completing his welfare education and became involved in young carer camps.  Earlier in his career he worked for the RAAF, later moving into nursing with a special interest in developmental disability.  Bart continues to support the young carer team and was awarded life membership in 2009.


Marie Shipway

Marie has worked as a volunteer at Carers NSW for the past 17 years after a career as an entertainer.  She was among the first volunteers to be involved in carer kit distribution with special responsibility for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) carer kits.   She continues to multitask as a volunteer and was awarded life membership in 2011.




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Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.