We are so deeply saddened at the passing of Kim Sykes.
Kim lived her life in service to others. She was a powerful advocate for what was right, and always generous with her time, wisdom and affection.
Professionally, Kim held roles across the public, private and social sectors. She served as the longtime CEO of the Bendigo Community Health Services (2010-18) and as a VCOSS board member (2012-20).
Kim’s contribution to VCOSS leaves a true lasting legacy. We are so very grateful for her leadership and stewardship, for her insight and dedication to the organisation.
She always worked to achieve what was in the best interests of VCOSS and those we serve, whilst showing absolute generosity and a wonderful sense of humour.
She was truly dedicated to advocating for improved health and wellbeing outcomes for all in the community, and particularly for those who were disadvantaged.
She was a loving mum, a dedicated community member and somebody always able to make you laugh, especially when spirits needed lifting.
Kim will be missed by those who loved her, which is to say all those who knew her well.
On behalf of Victoria’s social and community sector, VCOSS pays tribute to Kim and offers deep sympathies to her family and friends.
Vale Kim Sykes.