The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation board, staff, friends and supporters bid goodbye to former CEO Bev Lange this way, who has left the organisation after six years.
About 70 people gathered at the Oxford Hotel’s Polo Lounge to celebrate her contribution to the HIV/AIDS community.
Those attending included high profile members of the community and the City of Sydney, other HIV organisations, and BGF staff and board members.
Former High Court judge Michael Kirby and Positive Life NSW president Malcolm Leech both spoke about Lange’s dedication to the HIV sector.
“I am proud to have been part of BGF’s rich history and proud that I’ve been part of a team that has delivered such extraordinary work and services to positive people. The continued response to HIV by the organisations in our sector is exemplary, and I pay tribute to their commitment, skills and care,” Lange said.
As CEO Lange steered the organisation through a period of significant change.
BGF, which had been created to support people dying from HIV/AIDS, had had to adapt to meet the challenges of clients living far longer with improved health through changes in medication, which had provided many the opportunity to return to the workforce – meaning that BGF could assist them in other ways.
BGF President Martin Walsh said, “On behalf of the Board of BGF, I would like to sincerely thank Bev for the vast amount of work she has contributed to the HIV sector in NSW through her work with hundreds of clients over the last six and a half years.
“The approach BGF now takes with client services is now much more holistic as result of Bev’s work and this is much appreciated”
Denise Aldous is the new CEO of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.