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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Two community champions from the Monaro have been honoured with NSW Premier’s Awards.

Bungendore’s Deborah Olde and Carolyn Ewart from Cooma were presented with awards for outstanding community service by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Monaro John Barilaro.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said both recipients give tirelessly to their communities and deserve to be recognised.

“Carolyn and Deborah go above and beyond the definition of their role, often with little recognition, to make the community they live in a better place,” said Ms Berejiklian.

“The work they do makes a huge difference in their respective communities and inspires others to volunteer. The award is a small way of thanking these two outstanding volunteers for what they do.”

Mr Barilaro said both recipients have made an immense contribution to their communities, and each is a worthy winner of the award.

“Carolyn Ewart is a well-respected teacher from Cooma with a reputation for getting things done,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Carolyn is passionate about ensuring rural and regional students have access to tertiary and vocational education. She works tirelessly as chairperson of the Snowy Monaro Country Universities Centre and with students at Cooma TAFE.

“Carolyn is on the management committee of the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR), doing anything she can to raise money for local cancer patients, research and the local oncology unit at Cooma hospital.”

Mr Barilaro said Deborah Olde, a beautician from Bungendore, was the driving force behind securing an ambulance station at Bungendore.

“Deborah championed the cause and encouraged the community to get on board,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Deborah contacted me about her work and I was able to secure NSW Government funding to build a state of the art Ambulance station.

“Deborah’s work does not stop here. Knowing how cold winters are in our region, she set up a coat stand outside her salon in Queanbeyan encouraging people to donate warm clothing for people in need.

Deborah’s coat stand has inspired others to think of ways to help the less fortunate.”

The NSW Premier’s Community Service awards were presented at community functions in Queanbeyan and Cooma as part of the NSW Government’s Community Cabinet Meeting.