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City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
Australia Day Award recipients
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:
Barbara Hughes has committed a large amount of her time to the Ballarat
business community. Barbara has been a member of the Ballarat District
Nursing and Healthcare (BDNH) Committee of Management for nine years
and the chairperson for two. She is currently chairperson of the working party
facilitating the BDNH Centenary and the BDNH Centenary History book.
Barbara is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles for older people
and established the 'Footsteps for Fitness' program designed to encourage
the Ballarat community to get active. She is currently involved in the Victorian
Chamber of Manufacturers and the Ballarat Chamber of Commerce. Barbara's
experiences also include her involvement with Ballarat Stereo Radio, YMCA,
Ballarat Area Planning Committee, Ballarat School of Mines and Industries,
Apprenticeship Scheme and the Ballarat Regional Board.
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:
At 16 years of age Jemma Mathers has already made a significant contribution
to the local Ballarat community. Jemma was a member of the City of Ballarat
Youth Council from 2007 - 2009, during this time she was involved in
coordinating the City of Ballarat Youth Recognition Awards. In 2010 Jemma
participated in the OAKTREE Foundations Make Poverty History road trip
which involved a nine day tour of schools to raise the profile of poverty.
Following the road trip, Jemma travelled to South Africa having successfully
applied as one of five young Australian's to attend Collaboration4Change:
2010 Building Australia's Youth Multiculturalism. This year, Jemma is working
towards coordinating a multicultural themed event within the Ballarat
COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR:
CAFS Fostering Art Exhibition
Child and Family Services Ballarat host 'Fostering Art', a bi-annual art
exhibition. 'Fostering Art' showcases the artwork of children and young people
in foster care, together with the foster carer's biological children. The first
exhibition was held in 2008, and due to its overwhelming success, is now
a bi-annual event. The exhibition also engages the community through a
public exhibition at Stockland Wendouree where members of the community
can view the artworks.
Over 40 years of volunteering
and still loving every minute
Isabell has been delivering meals on wheels on and off for around 40 years
and still gets enjoyment from visiting each of her clients.
Isabell first started delivering meals in Melbourne in the 1950's when it
was organised by the Red Cross, before the service was handed over to
local councils. Isabell and her friend would, after work, attend the Red Cross
Headquarters in Flinders St, pick up their delivery schedule and change
into their uniform and beret, before collecting the meals at the Richmond
Town Hall. Together, in the dark and often cold, wet Melbourne weather,
they would deliver a hot meal to many of Melbourne's elderly and lonely
residents. Isabell still recalls a number of the regular clients, especially one,
who had no heating or electricity and who used to each night layout a clean
table cloth of newspaper before the girls arrived with his meal.
"Of course these days it is run very differently, more organised and a lot
safer, however I still get the same pleasure knowing I am bringing a meal
and friendly face to people's door," Isabell explained.
Isabell took up Meals on Wheels with the City of Ballarat in 2009. After
losing her husband in an accident 30 years ago, raising three children on
her own and running the family business, she found herself wanting to again
help out and give something back to the community.
"I have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Ballarat and I have
loved this city since we moved here over 30 years ago," she said.
"I think it is important that we look out for each other as a community and
often I am the only visitor some of the meals recipients may see all day
or even all week. You get to know each one, often their family members as
well, and they almost become like family.
"It's great fun and really very easy -- the Council organise everything for you,
you just go along and pick up the meals and once you get to know your route,
it's a great way to spend a few hours of your day," Isabell espoused.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer with
Meals on Wheels contact 5320 5670.
Above: Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher with 2011 Australia Day Award recipients
Barbara Hughes, Jemma Mathers and CAFS Manager Family and Community
Ser vices Marlene Butter
Above: Council's Meals on Wheels volunteer Isabell Barclay (right) with her client
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