Glengara Retirement Village, Tumbi Umbi, resident, Ms Margaret Smith, has taken out the Highly Commended Community Service and Activity, Central Coast Australia Day, Award.
Ms Smith spent three years as head of the village’s social committee, organised numerous events and activities enjoyed by many, and raised thousands of dollars for charity in the process. In nominating Ms Smith, a fellow resident, Ms Janice Thompson, described her as someone who always puts herself last, and loves giving back to the community and doing things for other people. Ms Smith said the ceremony was a wonderful, humbling experience. “I felt very honoured because I was in such incredible company, with people who have done so much,” she said.
“It made me wonder ‘Why me?’ “There was a big luncheon for Australia Day and it was announced to the residents,” she said. The nomination and award is a win for more than just her, Ms Smith said. “I had a wonderful team of ladies working with me, and it’s also for the Glengara residents, who supported us at all the functions and activities that we put on.” Ms Smith has recently given up her social committee duties to focus on spending time with her husband, Ian. “We’re very fortunate here, that Glengara is a fantastic village and there are a lot of residents that do a lot to keep the village happy and active,” she said. “It’s a pretty great place to live,” she concluded.
Source: Media release, Jan 31 Paul McBride, Retire Australia