Dedication pays dividend for Melanie
MELANIE Pope has earned recognition for her dedication to nursing and hard work as a running coach.
Ms Pope works as an enrolled nurse at Mundubbera Hospital and was surprised with the award at Coonambula Lodge.
Such is her dedication to her job that she had to be prised away from work to receive the award.
She came to nursing because she had always been a caring person.
Even at school, Ms Pope would stand up to playground bullies.
“I would always say, ‘don’t pick on people who aren’t clever or have a disability’,” she said.
“Treat everybody the way you want to be treated.”
As well as being a nurse, Ms Pope trains kids for athletics and running.
She aimed to get more kids away from the TV and outside breathing fresh air.
“I think kids are our future and I love sports and I love being athletic,” Ms Pope said.
“I love seeing kids out and about and being active and I see a smile on their face at the end of it.”
DEDICATED: Melanie Pope received the Rotary Pride of Workmanship award for her commitment to Mundubbera Hospital and to training kids.