Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year recipients

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2019 Tatiara Volunteer of the Year Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 Volunteer of the Year Recipients Cora Lees, Gwen Fisher, Alley Hoare, Alan Morcom & Barb Lines!


Cora makes an enormous contribution to both Mundulla and Bordertown communities. She holds office in some groups but mostly she is a behind the scenes worker. 

Cora is treasurer of the Mundulla Red Cross branch, now the only active branch in the Tatiara. The main fundraising effort for the branch is the Strawberry Fete held each November which raises approximately $3000. Cora not only takes charge of all the financial effort she helps set up the hall and prepare salads beforehand, works in the kitchen. She is nearly always first to arrive and last to leave after cleaning is comp

As well the branch has several other fundraisers each year, at least two raffles where Cora is always willing to spend hours selling tickets. Afterwards she delivers the prizes.

The Red Cross March appeal involves the treasurer in a lot of work. To reduce postage Cora delivers many of the letters and receipts. Mundulla Red Cross nominates a local baby in the State Baby competition and it is Cora who closely supports the baby’s family and assisting them with any fundraising they do. The branch raises close to $9000 each year.

Cora has be steward and convenor of the cut flower and pot plant section of the Mundulla Show and delivered Meals on Wheels for 18 years.

Cora is a valued member of the Lutheran Church and catering team. If the Lutheran community have a social function Cora collects elderly folk so they can enjoy the occasion.

Cora worked in Aged Care for many years and has been a member of the HAC and has been involved with the Migrant Resource Centre.

Cora like many others in this district has a strong sense of community spirit and we are very lucky to have her.

Cora was nominated by Vida Maney from Mundulla on the Move. 



Gwen is one of the driving forces of the volunteer English classes we run at the Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre. As a qualified primary school teacher her experience and knowledge in invaluable to our program.

She has previously assisted Chinese New arrival to Bordertown with English language and began volunteering at the MRC in 2014. She has also assisted with citizenship classes.

Her role currently is helping with curriculum planning and delivery of the classes we run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new arrival women. The majority of the participants are Afghani women.

Her practical approach ensures the best possible outcomes are achieved but alongside of that she advocates for the women and their children through friendship and a solid understanding of their situations.

She is always present at community functions and gives up her own time freely to help others.

Gwen was nominated by Tracey Grosser from Migrant Resource Centre.



Alleyne, or Alley as he is widely known has lived in Padthaway district all his life and has been a volunteer in many sections of the community.

For over 50 years since its inception in 1967, Alley has been involved with the Padthaway Footy Club. His volunteer work has included being on the committee, helping with duties on game days and escorting umpires on and off the field. He helps in the kitchen, puts the flags up and down and is always available to lend a hand.

Alley’s second home is the footy club where he is well known and respected.

Alley is also a supportive member of the local Uniting Church. He was an active CFS member for 25 years as well as being on the hall committee and parish council for 6 years.

For 18 years Alley was on the Presbytery Youth Council which involved countless hours of volunteer duties.

Alley is widely known in the KNTFL as his catch cry of “Man up Padthaway; man up!” can be heard far and wide at either home games from Taco’s Tavern or at away games.

Now aged 63, Alley’s presence both at sports and in all community, activities are greatly appreciated. Although slowing down a little, Alley always offers support and help wherever he can and enjoys being part of the social gatherings in Padthaway.

Peter Kiernan from Pathaway Football and Cricket Club said “Alley has been a friend of mine and fellow club member for his 16 years at Padthaway. He is one of those dwindling number of genuine, caring and generous people who make a positive difference in their community.”

Alley is an all-round friendly, good bloke. We all feel that Alley is a very worthy winner, so please join us in congratulating Alley!

Alley was nominated by Peter Kiernan from Padthaway Football and Cricket Club



Alan has been a CFS volunteer for approximately 50 years: 32 at Sherwood as Captain, then the remaining 18 at Keith.

He has also been fire investigator for 9 years and currently does base radio operations at the Keith Station.  

In 2002 he went to the Sydney fires then a year later went to the Canberra fires in strike teams.

He is now passing on his knowledge by training the Keith members and the cadets in maps and GSP, etc.

He is also involved in the Purple Paddock, Men’s Shed and the Tatiara Tourism committee representative.

Alan is a very valued member, not only to the Keith CFS Brigade but also the community and truly deserves the recognition. 

Alan was nominated by Keith CFS Brigade Captain Jason Wayman.



Barb is always very willing to put her hand up to help and will go that extra mile either to make a cake, wash dishes and whatever else she may be asked to do.

Just this year she coordinated the catering for the sponsors at the Diesel and Dirt and last year she was a huge was a huge job also catering for the sponsors at the World Series Jet Boat Titles over 2 days.

Other organisations she has been, and still is involved with over the years are: Hockey Club (5 years), Basketball Club (10 years), Football Club (20 years - plus ladies committee and catering coordinator, and still makes the egg salad every Thursday night for teas after training), Swimming Club, Diesel and Dirt, Show Committee, Hospital Auxiliary, Hospital Action Group, Keith War Memorial Community Centre, Meals on Wheels, Carina Board, Keith Urban and World Series Jet Boat Titles Committee.

As you can see Barb has been very involved over the years and has gone the extra mile.

Barb was nominated by Sandra Hausler from the Keith Hospital Auxiliary.



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