Neil Stewart and his wife Yvonne made the decision to attend the initial public information meeting about Anam Cara House in March 2005 because they saw the need for a place for people with a long term or life limiting illness to have respite or end of life care in surroundings that offered care and restfulness in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. After that public meeting a working party was formed to pursue the possibility of establishing such a place as a community hospice for the Western District. A Capital Fund Raising Committee was formed and Neil agreed to be Chairman of this Committee.
At a professional level Neil is Chairman of Directors, and the third generation of Stewarts to head up Charles Stewart & Company, a well respected and most successful livestock and real estate agency that has served Western Victoria since 1917.
Neil has been involved over many years in professional associations:
- Victorian Stock and Station Agents Association
- Colac Water Works Trust and Sewerage Authority (Chairman 1979 -1982
- Executive Committee of the Sewerage Authority Association of Victoria
- Victorian Water and Sewerage Authorities Association
- Victorian Government Commissioner – Colac Otway Shire
- Barwon Regional Water Authority
- Patron of “Do Care”
Neil has systematically put into place a fundraising campaign that has involved writing to and then following up by phone call and then personal visits to members of the local business community and beyond. Neil & Michael Stewart and our Committee have set a goal of establishing a financial foundation as a reserve and surety for Anam Cara House’s operations and viability.
In short, Neil Stewart is a man who is committed to both his family and his community and is a stalwart champion and advocate for others. Neil, and his wife Yvonne, are particularly mindful and caring for the human dignity of others, including the value of quality “end of life care” and are staunch advocates for Anam Cara House.