David Waddell honoured with memorial bench

Halls Head Community branch of the Bendigo Bank chairman Ian Ilsley,  Professor Jo Barker and Alzheimers WA chairman Jenny Rogers seated on the memorial bench with (standing), Alzheimers WA chief executive Rhonda Parker and Ella’s House manager Sally de Marni.
Halls Head Community branch of the Bendigo Bank chairman Ian Ilsley, Professor Jo Barker and Alzheimers WA chairman Jenny Rogers seated on the memorial bench with (standing), Alzheimers WA chief executive Rhonda Parker and Ella’s House manager Sally de Marni.

HALLS Head Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank board member and local identity, the late David Waddell, will be remembered with a memorial bench unveiled in the garden of Alzheimer’s WA’s Ella’s House in Greenfields this week.

The bench, created by St Peter’s House woodwork students at Mandurah Catholic College was unveiled before members of Halls Head Community branch of the Bendigo Bank members, Ella’s House staff, the students and Mr Waddell’s wife Professor Jo Barker.

Mr Waddell, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, died last year.

Branch chairman Ian Ilsley said the bank board had wondered how to acknowledge Mr Waddell’s contribution to the community.

As a result of Mr Ilsley’s connection with Mandurah Catholic College and Ella’s House, the 20 students, under St Peter’s House head Keiran McCabe, created the seat which now takes pride of place in the garden.

Alzheimer’s WA chief executive Rhonda Parker said the memorial seat was a great story of how things could go well in the world.