Staff say farewell to Harry

On Wednesday 12 December 2012, UnitingCare NSW.ACT staff, board and friends farewelled Reverend Harry Herbert on his retirement, after 26 years of dedication and advocacy as Executive Director.

A courageous leader, Rev. Harry Herbert inspired others with his determination to be a voice for the voiceless, regardless of personal standing or controversy. In an arena where decision makers obfuscate in order to avoid the turbulence of the toughest decisions, Harry’s career marked 26 years of flying into the stormy clouds and coming out with a better outcome for those who would otherwise be left behind.

Stories were heard from colleagues and board members past and present, including a message from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, staff from the NSW Council of Social Services and Ministers from across the Church.

Stories were heard from Harry’s encounters and outcomes, ranging from the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, abortion, same sex adoption, responsible gambling, boarding house reforms and many more.

Guests were treated to a reconstructed version of ‘Hallelujah’ by UnitingCare Disability Director Jo-Anne Hewitt, showing the range of amazing talents our staff posses.

As Harry leaves to enjoy quiet time in Bundanoon, we all wish him and wife Meg a happy and joyous farewell. As much as he protests, we’re sure his contribution to public life has not ended yet.

Wherever he stands for the rights and dignity of those disadvantaged or discriminated against, we will be proud to call him our own.

Watch the last word from Reverend Harry Herbert