Concord Hospital's Alice Kang has been named City of Canada Bay's Citizen of the Year.
Alice is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Concord Hospital, where she organises fundraising and commemorative events.
She is also the Executive Officer to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, a role which sees her tirelessly advocates for our veterans.
Alice was recognised at an Australia Day ceremony hosted by City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas.
Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson said:
“We are so pleased that Alice’s amazing contribution to our community has been recognised with her being named the Citizen of the Year for City of Canada Bay.”
Dr Anderson said Alice is both an inspiration for the staff of SLHD and for the whole community.
“Her tireless commitment to supporting our patients and our community and finding opportunities to bring us all together is remarkable,” Dr Anderson said.
Alice’s career at Concord Hospital began in 1974, when she came to Australia from Malaysia to train as a nurse. She was appointed Charge Nurse, Accident and Emergency Department (1982-1984), Assistant Nursing Director, Critical Care Unit (1984-1988) and Executive Officer to the General Manager’s Unit (1993-1996).
When Concord Hospital was transferred from the Commonwealth to the NSW health system in 1993, Alice took on the responsibility of working with veterans groups to ensure that they, and the hospital’s legacy, remained interconnected.
She became deeply involved in the establishment of the Kokoda Track Memorial to honour WWII veterans and has worked to ensure that veterans from all campaigns are honoured and remembered.
Alice has also played an important role in building and cementing relations with the wider community. Among her achievements is the long-running Opera Night at Rivendell and more recently, the Rivendell Flower Show, which raised much needed funds for the hospital.
Alice said she is “humbled” by the accolade.
“It has been deeply satisfying for me to work with the many different communities within Canada Bay over the decades,” she said.
“To be made Citizen of the Year for Canada Bay is a pleasant surprise and an honour.”
The General Manager of Concord Hospital, Dr Tim Sinclair, said Alice is an “asset” to the hospital.
“Alice Kang is an asset to Concord Hospital and has been a wonderful contributor for more than 40 years, with a particular focus on veteran’s health,” he said.
“We are so lucky to have Alice and I was thrilled to hear that her efforts and achievements have been recognised in this way.”
Mayor Tsirekas said Alice’s award was “well-deserved”.
“Alice commitment, enthusiasm and advocacy in the City of Canada Bay has delivered many benefits for our community,” he said.