Judy Bailey


Judy Bailey

Judy has been a dedicated volunteer with the Cancer Services and Palliative Care Service of Coffs Harbour for more than a decade.

Judy provides compassionate companionship and support to those living with a life-limiting illness. She visits patients and their carers in their own homes and within the hospital environment.

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Judy also supports the Coffs Harbour Health Campus as a member of the Anglican Mothers’ Union Australia. This group of volunteers provides much needed toiletry supplies to patients in the Emergency Department and throughout the hospital.

Judy’s commitment as a community volunteer was recognised earlier this year when she was named the 2019 Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year.


Ruth Cooper

Category Winner: Ruth Cooper

Ruth is the founder of the Coffs Harbour Breast Cancer Support Group.

Ruth’s personal experience of breast cancer in 1995 was the catalyst for her initiating the support group, which has become known as the Breast Cancer Buddies. More than 250 women have been welcomed and supported over the 20 years that Ruth has facilitated the group.

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As a trained volunteer with Breast Cancer Peer Support, Ruth has also helped women and their families through home and hospital visits, phone calls and coffee chats.

The Coffs Harbour Health Campus has sought Ruth’s valuable input as a consumer representative on numerous advisory groups including North Coast BreastScreen, the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary team, the Clinical Pathway for Breast Cancer Patients. She has also helped advise the logistics of managing patients between the hospital wards and the Mid North Coast

Cancer Institute building.


Kyra Ensby


Kyra Ensby

Kyra coordinates the Volunteer Community Support Dog program at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Kyra is a very passionate and committed volunteer. Her Community Support Dog program has become an invaluable asset to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

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The dogs and their owners, who are involved in the program, are loved and appreciated by staff, patients and visitors.

Since implementing the program within the Mental Health Unit the program has successfully expanded to many other parts of the health campus.

The visits by Chile, Angel, Evie, Bindi and Lady Rutherford provide comfort, entertainment, solace and a unique form of interaction. Kyra, with her team of volunteers and community support dogs, brings a little bit of hope and joy to patients, improving their hospital experience.