Francis (Frank) Gorrel OAM has been specifically involved with the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society since its inception 1963, spending the last 25 years as the Chief Executive Officer. Through his association with ACAS, Frank was a representative on numerous committees throughout the region that promoted Aboriginal advancement and reconciliation. Frank was a committed person who also volunteered his time and energy to a number of community organisations that included St John’s Ambulance and the Scout movement.
Frank dedicated his time in support of the main purpose of ACAS and the Kirinari Hostel concept which was to “provide better educational and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people, particularly those living in isolated and or disadvantaged locations within NSW”. Frank clearly achieved his personal goals.
In August 2021, Frank’s passing came after a battle with cancer. The legacy that Frank has left will carry on into the future as ACAS continues its work with Aboriginal youth. We know of many, many young Aboriginal people who have befitted from their time at the Kirinari Hostels who would have also got to know Frank well and will share the memory of his work most positively.