Coastlink’s longest serving board member and organisational stalwart, Helen Roberts, has been recognised for almost two decades of voluntary contribution with the organisation’s first Life Membership and Coastlink Lodge being renamed Roberts Lodge in her honour.
Appointed to the board in 2003, Helen brought a wealth of experience in disability, aged care and transport services from her work as CEO with Community Transport Central Coast Ltd and her roles on the Community Transport State Peak Body Board and other local not-for-profit boards.
Coastlink Chair, John Mouland, says Helen brought a depth of knowledge and passion to the organisation and was instrumental in the direction and growth of Coastlink during her tenure.
“Having worked with Helen as a member of the Coastlink Board over the past eight years, I have witnessed her unfailing commitment to improving the lives of people living with disability and the aged on the Central Coast,” says Mr Mouland.
“Her broad knowledge base and breadth of experience with both local and state-wide organisations and advocacy bodies within the disability sector has been invaluable in guiding Coastlink’s growth and strategic direction over the past two decades.”
Coastlink CEO, John Davis, says the organisation wanted a fitting tribute for the woman who had given so much to ensure all individuals can live a life of choice and inclusion.
“As Helen steps down from the Coastlink Board this October, we wanted to find a significant way to honour her longstanding contribution to our organisation,” says Mr Davis.
“Helen is Coastlink’s first ever Life Member and renaming our group home Coastlink Lodge at Watanobbi to Roberts Lodge, is a way to recognise her involvement, her influence, and her input over so many years.
“On behalf of every member of the Coastlink community – our board members, our staff, our clients and their families, I would like to thank Helen for her outstanding contribution in improving the lives of all individuals on the Central Coast.”