Monash Health lost one of its most committed supporters with the recent passing of Mrs Elsie Ferguson.
Elsie devoted more than 30 years as both a hands on volunteer and also as a driving force within several auxiliaries and support groups.
Elsie was a towering figure in garnering community support for Monash Health, and Monash Children’s Hospital.
In 1987 Elsie was approached to head the Central Council of Auxiliaries, a key step in creating a unified Monash Medical Centre from three very proud but different organisations – Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Prince Henry’s Hospital and Moorabbin Hospital.
She founded the Clayton Auxiliary (1989) and Season’s Group (1993); served as a Gift Shop volunteer for 16 years; and served Friends of Queen Vic Auxiliary including 25 years as Secretary and was a member of the Patchwork Group.
In 1991 Elsie was a key driver in the formation of the Monash Kids, established to raise funds and encourage community support children’s services at the Clayton site.
Elsie worked continually over decades to support development of the best possible public health service for the people of the south east.
In particular the formation of Monash Kids Support Group brought together a network of supporters across the local community with the common aim of fulfilling the potential to develop a truly world-class children’s hospital at Monash Health.
She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, and in 2015 was awarded the Minister for Health’s Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Our condolences to her extended family.