THE WORK of 11 remarkable individuals was celebrated in October with UnitingCare Queensland’s Moderator’s Community Service Medals.
The awards were presented at the 29th Synod at Alexandra Headland on Sunday 9 October by Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds.
Beryl Roylance, Carole Lyall, Dulcie Turner, Iuma Apelu, Lyn Paynedoc, Margaret Sear, Pat McMurtrie, Wendy Kent, Clyde
Nicholl, Joyce Rieck, and Jeannine Moye were all recognised for their unpaid efforts to support their communities.
Beryl Roylance, of Gordon Park, was recognised for the more than 25 years of commitment and care she has shown in her
volunteer work at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane, and her work with Meals on Wheels.
Dulcie Turner, of Wavell innovative program recently introduced at The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, which involves supporting young children and their families through the anxiety-provoking process of undergoing surgery.
Pat McMurtrie, of Mitchelton, received her award for the commitment she has shown in her volunteer work since the inception of Tiny Town 38 years ago, as well as her extensive other volunteer commitments in her local church.
Her compassion, understanding and empathy to socially isolated people is what led Kaye Bradnock, Personal care worker, Wesley Mission Brisbane Rocklea, to nominate her.
Clyde Nicholl and Joyce Rieck were recognised for their joint efforts in serving their community of Rosewood.
Mr Nicholl and Ms Rieck have been involved with the community owned and operated aged care facility, Cabanda Care, for many years as well as many other worthy causes.
UnitingCare Queensland CEO, Anne Cross, said, “The Moderator’s Medal is an excellent way of recognising the huge contribution that our volunteers make to the Queensland community.”
Heights, has been a passionate supporter of Blue Care for more than 50 years.
Mulipola (Chief) Iuma Apelu was recognised for his service to the Woodridge and Logan City community as a dedicated
advocate for new migrants of all cultures and religions and in particular, for his work for Samoan people.
Jeannine Moye, of Hervey Bay, was praised for her compassion and dedication as a Lifeline telephone counsellor and her
commitment to the community as a volunteer with UnitingCare Community, the SES in Maryborough and with the Yoorana Women’s shelter.
Lyn Payne is described as having a caring attitude and willingness to help others that is legendary.
She received her award for the commitment she has shown in her volunteer work at Blue Care’s Pioneer South Lodge
Photo : Margaret Sear was recognised for her commitment to an Nine of the 11 recipients of the Moderator’s Community Service Medals with UnitingCare Qld CEO, Anne Cross, back left, and Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds, front centre. Photo by Osker Lau