Judith Manderson is supporting her community
YOU don’t need to travel far in Gin Gin when trying to track down one of its longtime members.
Everyone in the small community knows who Judith Manderson is.
Mrs Manderson is no stranger to taking charge and getting stuck in, and is often found at the helm of a charitable endeavour, but finding out she was Bundaberg Regional Council’s 2016 Australia Day Spirit Award Citizen of the Year has her stunned to silence.
Never lost for words or shy, her larger-than-life personality makes her unique and a person worth trusting.
“When I heard the news I just about fainted,” Judith said.
“I was very humbled because I didn’t feel like I had done a lot.
“It was a big, big surprise and I have come to feel very honoured.
“It has pushed me on to not give up, to just keep going.”
Many award winners seem to sing the same tune by making the statement, “I don’t do much, not sure why I got the award!”
A familiar face around town, and mother-in-law of acclaimed local artist Gary Woodfield, she has dedicated her life to her beloved town of Gin Gin.
Mrs Manderson was nominated for her volunteer work with a range of groups in her home community.
Those groups include the Pony Club, Scout Group, Queensland Country Women’s Association, Order of the Eastern Star, the Show Society and the District Historical Society, just to name a few.
Over the years she has been involved in almost every community group and organisation and assisted at all the events.
Driving forces like Judith Manderson achieve great things for their community.
Mrs Manderson said 2016 had been a busy year representing her community and the wider Bundaberg region as Citizen of the Year.
“The year has been wonderful.
“I certainly hope that council will continue to offer these awards forever and a day because it is an honour to be chosen.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Judith was representative of the many people who are doing great work right across our region.
“From Avondale to Buxton and everywhere in between, we have tremendous people giving of their time and talents for the benefit of the Bundaberg region,” Cr Dempsey said.
“Recognise their contribution by nominating them for an Australia Day Spirit Award.
“Completing the nomination form only takes a few minutes, but it could make an immense difference to someone who has been working hard for their community.”
Rewarding others for their tireless dedication to a cause is worth celebrating.
If it wasn’t for the support of volunteers, communities, especially in regional areas, would suffer as a result.
If you know someone who has made a difference to the Bundaberg region over the last 12 months, you can nominate them in one of the 11 categories.
These include citizen, business, community, community events, sports, arts and business.
Nomination forms can be found at bundaberg.qld.gov.au or any Council Service Centre around the region.