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Born: 22 February 1944
Entered on roll: 2015
Maureen Clarke trained as a nurse and is Chaplaincy Coordinator at the Mersey Community Hospital at Latrobe. There she leads a team of inter-denominational Chaplains available to patients, relatives and staff on a 24-hour basis.
Chaplains provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients. However, behind the scenes Maureen does much organising, fundraising and assisting to help the hospital and its patients.
As Chaplaincy Coordinator, Maureen was appointed to the hospital’s Quality and Safety Committee and liaises with staff as an advocate for patient care. Maureen also represents Chaplaincy as a member of a standby suicide watch.
Maureen is President of the Mersey Community Hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary and played an important role setting up the new kiosk. This involved setting up a staff roster and supporting volunteers, being part of the clean-up brigade and serving three shifts a month in the kiosk in addition to her full-time Chaplaincy position. Maureen also delivers the newspaper to patients in the wards two mornings per week.
As team member of the Mersey Maidens cancer fundraising team, Maureen encourages team members to provide for and operate well-stocked stalls to achieve fundraising targets. Maureen also participates in the Relay for Life and has been involved in the production of the Mersey Maidens Calendar.
Outside the Mersey Community Hospital, Maureen is very involved in the community.
Maureen works closely with all churches and is able to channel donations provided by churches and other community organisations to help patients in need.
She has taken on a number of roles with organisations in the community including the St Vincent de Paul Society, Ambleside/Panorama Heights Neighbourhood Watch, Soroptimists, the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Taste of the Harvest and the Carols Service.