14 July 2021
Francoise Gilroy, Finalist of the 2021 Courage Award, Stroke Foundation
“Article taken from a media release written by Stroke Foundation on April 14, 2021”
Retired physiotherapist and stroke rehabilitation volunteer Francoise Gilroy never imagined that one day she would need to ‘practice what she preached’ from her years of community work.
She was the first physiotherapist for the Australian Army, based at Duntroon and she also volunteered with the Cremorne Stroke Group for 25 years.
In 2018, Francoise herself suffered a stroke.
Now at 95 years old, she resides in our Arcare Warriewood residence and makes it a point to attend daily physiotherapy sessions and speech therapy.
She has also joined the residence singing group to improve her speech and is trying to maintain her email and writing skills. She enjoys staying fit so she uses her wheelie walker and takes several walks around the residence every day.
Francoise was selected as a finalist in the Stroke Foundation’s 2021 National Stroke Awards under the Courage Award category.
Francoise shared with us that it was a privilege to be recognised for her contributions.
“I was often inspired by my patients who demonstrated hope, optimism and courage to fight on despite their setbacks and hurdles,”
“I have taken this attitude to my own recovery. While it is an uphill battle, patience, perseverance and practice will make it all worthwhile and rewarding in the end,” she said.
Stroke Foundation New South Wales State Manager Rhian Paton-Kelly applauded Francoise for her commitment to helping others live well after stroke.
“Francoise is a true inspiration,” Ms Paton-Kelly said.
The Stroke Foundation National Stroke Awards recognise the incredible individuals in our community who strive to make the future brighter for people impacted by stroke.