Kelly's memory lives on through award

DEBORAH and Keith Weire hold the memory of their daughter Kelly close to their hearts.

Kelly, an occupational therapist, died in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea in August 2009.

For the past four years Deborah and Keith have sponsored the Kelly Weire Memorial Award which commemorates the achievements of their daughter. 

This year's award was presented to Jan Waterson during a ceremony at Bendigo Health this week.

"This award is everything to us," Deborah said.

"It's extremely important to us and it's just a wonderful opportunity to share that day with Bendigo Health and with all Kelly's friends and colleagues.

"It's a chance to recognise somebody who has demonstrated the same skills Kelly had during her professional career in Bendigo and at the same time remember her."

Deborah and Keith attended the award ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a struggle," Deborah said.

"It's a struggle every day.

"While it's a terrific thing to go up there and be a part of it, it's just becoming harder and harder every year.

"But at the same time it's just lovely to have that opportunity to have Kelly remembered."

Award recipient Jan Waterson said it was an honour to have been nominated for the award.

"I'm thrilled to have been able to accept it," she said.

"It's a wonderful award in Kelly's name - I never met her but I understand she was a dedicated and enthusiastic occupational therapist."

Ms Waterson is a community mental health clinician who has been working with Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services since 2011. 

Ms Waterson worked with the Castlemaine community mental health team before joining the Bendigo adult community mental health team in December 2013.

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