Ju­dith Man­der­son is sup­port­ing her com­mu­nity

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE -

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.

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