Linda one of our best

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

LINDA Thomas is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives ev­ery day.

The Como res­i­dent is a clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant – do­na­tion spe­cial­ist for Do­nateLife WA and pro­vides lead­er­ship and con­sul­tancy to med­i­cal, nurs­ing and health care pro­fes­sion­als in or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion in a hospi­tal.

She has also been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 WA’s Aus­tralian of the Year Awards in the WA’s lo­cal hero cat­e­gory which, she said, was a priv­i­lege.

“I am very hum­bled. It is an hon­our to be given the op­por­tu­nity to for­ward the promo- tion of or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

She said her great­est achieve­ment was work­ing with fam­i­lies.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, fam­i­lies that do­nate their loved ones’ or­gans and tis­sues tend to find some mean­ing in the tragedy by giv­ing the ‘gift of life’ to oth­ers,” she said.

Na­tional Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Lasek said the WA fi­nal­ists were among more than 120 great Aus­tralians be­ing recog­nised as state and ter­ri­tory fi­nal­ists in the Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

“The WA fi­nal­ists are all ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple who are com­mit­ted to mak­ing the world a bet­ter place through the work they do,” he said.

WA award re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 8. They will then join re­cip­i­ents from other States and Ter­ri­to­ries for the na­tional Awards in Can­berra on Jan­uary 25.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d445433

Linda Thomas has been nom­i­nated for Lo­cal Western Aus­tralian of The Year.

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