“It’s just what you do, in the country.”
With that wonderful sentence, Margaret Greenwood, recent recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), both deflected the praise she was receiving for her many years of community service and described the upbringing that inspired it.
It was standing room only in the dining room at Maddocks Gardens on Tuesday as friends, family, staff and fellow residents gathered to pay tribute to Margaret, who was awarded the OAM earlier this year for service to the community of East Gippsland.
Margaret’s list of community activities is long, beginning with her volunteer support of the Warragul Hospital in 1948 and membership of the Australian Red Cross, and including many years in volunteer roles for Bairnsdale’s ‘Save our Train’ Group, Bruthen and District Community Planning Group, Bruthen Senior Citizens, East Gippsland Shire Council and the Noojee Baby Health Centre.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull MP, said that Margaret was exactly the kind of person that awards like the OAM should recognise.
“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate people like you, who have worked so many hours for the betterment of their community,” he said.
In announcing the awards in June, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove noted there had been an increase in the number of women nominated.
“It is great that the overall number of nominations and upward trend of Australian women being acknowledged through the Honours system continues to grow,” he said. “We would all welcome higher recognition of magnificent Australian women.”
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