Determined Childers woman leads by example with award win.
AS PART of the International-Women’s Day celebration one strong and determined young woman from Childers was rewarded for her outstanding contribution to the community.
Local cadet coordinator, Rhy Baker was shocked and thrilled when she was informed she had been nominated for the Outstanding Female Leader (Volunteers) Award.
“I couldn’t believe it, I was so surprised and I had no idea I was nominated,” Mrs Baker said.
Mrs Baker flew to Brisbane where the awards ceremony was held.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) International-Women’s Day luncheon was attended by over 500 people, where Mrs Baker stood on stage and proudly received her award.
“I was nervous and excited, I wasn’t expecting to win, just thrilled to be nominated,” she said.
The humble volunteer and co-ordinator of the Childers cadets said it was the support and encouragement from her unit members that won her the award.
“This award may have been given to me, but it’s down to all the support, encouragement and guidance I have received from my team leaders and unit members,” she said.
Deputy Cadet Coordinator Jack Leeson said Mrs Baker had been the local cadet coordinator in Childers since August 2013 and had never let the cadets down.
“She has been successful in organising many training activities and organised weekend camps for the cadets,” Mr Leeson said.
Mrs Baker was nominated by one of her unit peers. When asked if she knew who nominated her she said she has her suspicions but was not 100 per cent sure.
“I want to thank everyone for all their support, it’s a humbling feeling knowing how much others respect and appreciate all that I have achieved for the cadets and the SES. The SES has been a great support and sponsor to our program and I am grateful for all the support and kindness,” she said.
“It would be great to grow the cadet program and to eventually have our own space, training gear and equipment.
“The cadets program is receiving great support from the community and the kids love it.
“I encourage other school children to sign up.
“I have seen the most shy child gain confidence.”
The cadets program is in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Clubs Queensland (PCYC) along with, Queensland’s emergency services and the support of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
The program is offered to young people aged 12 to 17 and operates out of an emergency service facility, under the leadership and guidance of volunteer adult leaders and mentoring emergency services personnel.
Currently there are 11 unit locations operating, with more cadet groups to open across Queensland in the next two years.
Cadets learn a diverse range of emergency service skills and develop their leadership potential .
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARD WINNER: QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll presents the award to Rhy Baker.