It is with deep regret and sadness that I write to tell you about the passing of a friend, participant and close associate of Baptistcare in the past weekend.
Mr Richard Hill first connected with Baptistcare in 2006 as a service Participant. Since then, he has walked beside us and influenced how we think and how we have shaped our services to individuals in the disability sector and across the whole organisation. Between 2010 and 2012, he joined Baptistcare’s Person Centred Steering Committee that worked on embedding Strategic approaches to person centred services across Baptistcare and also influenced the research that Baptistcare undertook with Curtin University.
In 2012 and 2013, Richard was part of a significant community transformation project that was a partnership between Baptistcare, Richard and Edith Cowan University. This project, was aimed at influencing final year Occupational Therapy Students to break social attitudes that prevented self-direction of people who were marginalised by society. The project involved a series of lectures that were delivered to final year students by Richard in partnership with Baptistcare’s General Manager Community Services – Kwame Selormey.
Richard has also been involved in doing considerable work in the area of Ethics with Baptistcare.
Baptistcare has had the extraordinary privilege of sharing in Richard’s humility, his stories of courage, his humour and his gift to look at the world as if it was an empty canvas, and to paint a new picture that gave it life each day.
Many of us have had the honour of knowing this truly remarkable man who we have seen in various roles including friend,colleague, husband, employer, transformational speaker, writer, teacher, mentor, participant, social connector, leader, passionate advocate and outstanding community member.
On behalf of Baptistcare, I sincerely thank Richard for giving us the gift of realising that we are not where we were, and we are not where we are going yet either.
I hope that as you read this that you pause and think of the work and impact of this remarkable man.
Thank you Richard and please Rest in Peace.
Rev’d Dr Lucy Morris
Chief Executive Officer