Quiet achiever honoured

FUN NIGHT: The crowd at the Community Sector Ball Award Night on Saturday.
FUN NIGHT: The crowd at the Community Sector Ball Award Night on Saturday. Contributed

THERE are some people in this world who don't like to be the centre of attention, but more often than not, they are the people who probably should be.

Lismore's Community Sector Awards ball held on Saturday evening recognised one of those people: Cathy Allan for her quiet achievements over the past 20 years at Lismore and District Women's Health Centre.

Ms Allan was nominated for the Centre of the Universe Award by her manager Sandra Handley for her participation in fundraising, decoration and visual displays that support the campaigns the Health Centre runs.

Ms Allan does all these tasks in her spare time in addition to her role as a cleaner at the Health Centre.

"Cathy always has a smile and a kind word for everyone," Ms Handley said.

"And has contributed her incredible decorating and garden talents to making the centre a safe and comfortable place for women to gather."

Ms Allan said the community award was a "beautiful surprise".

"I nearly died of shock and I was really embarrassed having to walk right down to the front because I like to be in the background and I don't like to be in the limelight," Ms Allan said.

She said the extra duties she did at work were to help women who were going through difficult times in their lives.

"I like to help other people going through a tough time," she said.

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