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Woy Woy CWA hosts birthday party for Gail

When Ms Gail Treweek joined the Woy Woy branch of the Country Women's Association in 2019, it was something of an experiment for both Gail and the branch.

Gail joined after her group home in Woy Woy applied for National Disability Insurance Scheme funding for her to attend with her nurse, Ms Marina Clewett.

Now as a "valued, loved and respected member of our branch", the branch organised a party for her 70th birthday.

"It was with so much pleasure that around 20 members and husbands attended Gail's 70th birthday party on Saturday, October 15," said branch president Ms Jane Bowtell.

"Gail's brother Leon, sister-in-law Jan, and 60 family members were with her to celebrate.

"Her friends and fellow residents of her share home also attended."

Ms Bowtell said: "Gail's story is one of survival, love, family and new friendships.

"It started when the facility where she now lives rang our branch four years ago and asked if it was possible for Gail to join and attend with her nurse, Marina.

"Gail had spent many years in institutions before moving to a purpose built home with other women.

"Her entire life she has been supported and loved by her siblings and extended family.

"This was so evident at her birthday party."

Ms Bowtell said: "When Gail first came to the CWA, she was shy and overwhelmed by the noise and constant chatter that circulated the hall.

"She was welcomed with open arms, fussed over and made tea.

"After about four months, Gail blossomed into a smiling, vibrant member that enthusiastically participated in pickle-making as well as choosing baby wool for beanies that she helps Marina make on the loom," said Ms Bowtell.

"These go to the NSW Ambulance service for the birthing kits they carry on board.

"She has a great sense of humour and is not afraid to tell members to be quiet if they are making too much noise.

"This is especially helpful during our monthly business meeting when a glance and a nod from our president has Gail calling them to order.

"She will often participate in discussions and listens intently.

"She has formed such beautiful friendships with us and beams as soon as she enters the hall.

"Everyone says hello.

"The joy on her face is clear and she loves to chat with everyone.

"She talks about her brother, her nieces and nephews and loves seeing any grandchildren of members who visit us.

"She contributes to her community and we are proud to call her our CWA sister."

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