• Jenny Taylor, Jenny Gowing and Kerry Woolrich

    Jenny Taylor, Jenny Gowing and Kerry Woolrich

  • Woden Valley Hospital's Nurses Class of '75 celebrated their 40 year reunion at The Ottoman

    Woden Valley Hospital's Nurses Class of '75 celebrated their 40 year reunion at The Ottoman

  • Anna Kidd, Deb Cook, Sue Byrnes and Diane Corrigan

    Anna Kidd, Deb Cook, Sue Byrnes and Diane Corrigan

  • Maree Roberts and Di Friend

    Maree Roberts and Di Friend

  • Mary Kirk, Jenny Taylor and Wendy Gaal

    Mary Kirk, Jenny Taylor and Wendy Gaal

  • Jenny Taylor, Mary Kellow and Leanne Monte

    Jenny Taylor, Mary Kellow and Leanne Monte

  • Anna Kidd and Stephanie Kensit

    Anna Kidd and Stephanie Kensit

  • Helen Balfour, Jenny Pearce and Sue Byrnes

    Helen Balfour, Jenny Pearce and Sue Byrnes

  • Kerry Woolridge and Mary Slattery

    Kerry Woolridge and Mary Slattery

  • Diane Corrigan, Liz Porra and Judy Jackson

    Diane Corrigan, Liz Porra and Judy Jackson

Woden Valley Hospital Class of '75 Reunion

7 February 2015

Reunions of any kind are fraught with danger and apprehension. School ones less so as we were less judgmental of appearances and usually picked up where we left off, especially if there were many years spent together.

In later years when work and life meant more intermittent connection over the decades, to get together is tinged with an emotional aspect as some are missing from the group, lives haven’t always been fabulous and there’s just so much catching up to do. But a group of nurses from the Woden Valley Hospital class of ‘75 E Group caught up at the Ottoman Restaurant and it was besties all over again. There were some interstaters, plenty still part of the health care profession and lots of tales to tell about the years they spent training.

Former Matron, Mary Kellow joined the party as did nurse educator Liz Porra, and both surprisingly married men with ready- made families and became instant step-mothers; I would imagine of the nicest kind. But like all women in the nursing profession who trained in the ‘olden’days it is a different workplace today, but these capable and well trained nurses could probably still teach the new generations a thing or two!