Ladies lauded for loving service

All smiles after being honoured at Lismores Australia Day award ceremony on Saturday were award recipients (l-r) Vanessa Thompson (Reconciliation), Ellie Gava (Multicultural), Kay Johnson (Community Services Individual) and Beth Sanotti representing the CWA Choir, which won the Art/Cultural award.

Vanessa was honoured for her commitment to improving Aboriginal education and securing funding for Indigenous learning programs while Ellie was lauded for her service to Italian seniors. She established the Italian Day Care Group 20 years ago, which has a membership of 80, the eldest being 98. Some older members say that coming to the group each Friday has kept them alive.

Kay was honoured for her work as a volunteer hairdresser and as co-ordinator of the Look Good Feel Better program. For more than 14 years she has been helping at Lismore Base Hospitals Cancer Care & Haematology Unit, styling wigs and fitting hats and hair accessories, always in a caring manner. Meanwhile, the CWA Choir was awarded for this role in entertaining the community. The choir has spent more than 40 years singing to residents in aged care homes and keeping their spirits bright.

Last but by no means least was bird lover Molly Crawford, who won the Environmental award and was fondly described as the Lady of the Lake by Lismore City Council general manager, Paul OSullivan. The 87-year-old campaigned for six years to beautify and preserve Lismore Lake as a bird sanctuary, and is now setting her sights on ridding Lismore of the pesky Indian Mynah.


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