De­ter­mined Childers woman leads by ex­am­ple with award win.

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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: childer­s_­cadets@hot­mail.com.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AWARD WIN­NER: QFES Com­mis­sioner Kata­rina Car­roll presents the award to Rhy Baker.

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