For Jerilderie’s Sadie Herrick, getting involved in community groups and initiatives was a way to get to know her new home town.
Soon after moving to Jerilderie with her husband Tony and then young family 35 years ago, Mrs Herrick made sure she became an active member of the community.
It’s an involvement that has continued every year since, which is why Mrs Herrick was named Murrumbidgee Council’s Jerilderie Citizen of the Year on Friday.
Mrs Herrick was presented with her award at Jerilderie’s traditional twilight ceremony at Luke Park, and said it was a ‘‘great honour and a privilege’’.
‘‘I moved here 35 years ago from the city and knew nobody, and I wasn’t here that long before becoming involved,’’ she said.
‘‘I found when I first arrived that volunteering helped me feel included.
‘‘The community is a very caring and inclusive one. We chose to live here and we have never regretted the decision; I love the town.
‘‘In any part of your life there’s something you can volunteer for regardless of the field you’re in.
‘‘As a young mum I had the nursing mothers’ playgroup, preschool and school.’’
Mrs Herrick’s nomination for the award highlighted that she has been ‘‘involved in all manner of voluntary community work’’, including with the St Vincent De Paul Society, St Joseph’s Church and Primary School, Jerilderie Apex, Jerilderie Historical Society, and the Jerilderie Rural Fire Service’s emergency catering group.
She is also a member of the Jerilderie Multi Purpose Service’s Local Health Advisory Committee, and has recently volunteered to help develop a new independent living service for the elderly and was elected secretary of the Jerilderie Independent Living Units Committee.
One of Mrs Herrick’s best known roles is with the Jerilderie Tidy Towns Committee, of which she is ‘‘an excellent and highly organised secretary’’, according to her nominator.
Mrs Herrick is also a strong advocate for improvements at the Jerilderie preschool, where she has been a dedicated staff member for 23 years.
She also supports her husband in his community work, which earned him the Jerilderie Citizen of the Year award in 1996.
Mr Herrick said he was proud his wife had been honoured with the same award.
‘‘I’m very chuffed, it’s a great honour for her,’’ he said.
‘‘‘She has always been behind me and I put my Citizen of Year down to Sadie backing me up.’’
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