Fond tribute to former SCIA Director, Mr David O’Brien.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of David O’Brien. David made an important contribution to SCIA serving as a Director on the SCIA Board for several years. He acquired his spinal cord injury in 1977 while playing rugby union at his boarding school in Bathurst,. This however did not curtail him from getting on with life and was successful in gaining a full time job working in the finance section of a government department in Sydney.

David was a resident in Ashton House, a residential accommodation that SCIA established to enable people with a spinal cord injury to live in the community as opposed to a nursing home, which at that time, was the only option for people if they couldn’t go back to their own home. When Ashton House closed, he moved to Anzac House and successfully advocated to have 24/7 support for all residents there, just like he had had at Ashton.

Our sincere condolences to David’s family and friends. Thank you and farewell David.

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