Chair's Report March 2022

Despite the obstacles that the pandemic keeps throwing at us we continue to get out and about in a Covid-safe way to connect with our Police Legatees. Just prior to Christmas I was able to get to several Social Connection Lunches up on the North Coast. We also held our Parents’ Network Christmas luncheon with a lovely harbour cruise.

To the delight of many of our Legatees we had our signature Christmas Luncheon once again at Doltone House, which was a great opportunity to bring everyone together and share the joys and the sorrows of Christmas. The day was a great success and ran very smoothly, thanks to the great organising skills of the NSW Police Legacy team.

Just before Christmas we had the honour of the Police Band dedicating a concert to us. The band played out at the Dame Sutherland Centre in Penrith, and it was a great opportunity to watch, enjoy, and admire the fantastic talent of the Band, while at the same time raising awareness of the work we do at Police Legacy. We are hoping there will be further opportunities for these concerts in 2022. Fingers crossed!

At our December Board meeting Commissioner Karen Webb APM submitted her formal resignation from the Police Legacy Board. Karen highlighted that her continued support and dedication to Police Legacy will continue as Vice Patron – a role she will be honoured to accept.

I was also very privileged to attend Minister Elliott’s Christmas Celebration on the day he moved portfolios, and here I was able to thank him for his support as Vice Patron of Police Legacy. This support continued at his Christmas gathering, where attendees donated several thousand dollars’ worth of gift cards to Police Legacy at the encouragement of the Minister.

We welcome the Deputy Premier Paul Toole as the new Police Minister and look forward to him taking on the role of Vice Patron of Police Legacy. We are sure he will continue to support the work we do in supporting the Police Family.

As we have outlined in previous newsletters, we are increasing our focus on supporting our young Legatees, and with this I welcome our new Youth Officer Lauren Calvert to the Legacy team. I know she is going to be a valuable member of our team and will be of great support to our young Legatees.

So now it is full steam ahead for 2022 with our Blue Ribbon Ball being held on the 26 March, quickly followed by the Remembrance Bicycle Ride to Canberra at the end of April.