Betty Day BEM

Betty Day (1921-2007) volunteered at the Cora Graves Community Centre in Blessington Street, St Kilda, every day from 10am-4pm for 23 years, providing valuable help to the elderly. Not only did she feed those in need, she organised activities such as sightseeing and entertainment at a time when there were few services like this available for older people.

Betty was elected President of the City of St Kilda’s Elderly Persons Assistance Society in 1969 and every subsequent year until her retirement.

Betty Day was active in the Elwood Canal Citizens’ Vigilance Committee, successfully campaigning for an Elwood Canal drain. Her husband Barry Day pulled the lever to turn the first sod in 1955.

In 1981 Betty Day was awarded the British Empire Medal in honour of her generosity and hard work. She retired in August 1985 after 23 years of active service at the Centre, including some year as President.

The former City of St Kilda (now City of Port Phillip) honoured Betty Day by naming a purpose built Community Centre after her in 1987.

The Betty Day Community Centre in Argyle Street, St Kilda, continues to serve the community by providing a daily hot lunch service and meal deliveries, as well as providing accessible space to local groups.


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