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The KT would like to draw attention to another community minded person, Di Smith.
Di is employed by us, the ratepayers of Kalbarri to manage the TIP. She has done a great job carrying on the work of RECYCLING and helping with her generous donations to the Kalbarri Branch of the Australian Order of Old Bastards.
We thank Di for her unselfish contribution to the well-being of our town.
Following is a report sent in by a rate payer who sees the true worth of Di's efforts.
"Please Deposit Ali Cans in Recycle Bin"
Di has worked at the Kalbarri Tip for 5 years. Sub-contractor for 2 years.
Shire Worker for near 3 years.
In that time Di has undertaken many projects regarding RECYCLING.
Hosted/sponsored 4 work for the dole participants.
Promoted "PURE" Recycling, with the public. (Swap or take).
Di has cleaned old sheets, blankets and towels. (All donated to the Vet and Dog Home in Perth.)
Bagged rags for the local mechanics to use.
Supplied beds, tables etc to the public. (Most free of charge)
Di has been to the Kalbarri District High School to talk about RECYCLING with the students and projects that they can do. Supplied rowing machine and other equipment - Gym Type.
Sends clean clothing to Geraldton to the OP shops.
The proceeds from the Junk shop provide Bird Seed and supplies to the constant stream of broken pink & greys of which Di is a carer.
And a magpie called Ian (he sings beautifully)
Other monies to various charity and appeals. Scrap money also goes to worthy causes.
Di loves her job and gives with love knowing that some-one, somewhere is smiling too.
Di is a member of the Old Bastards Kalbarri Branch.
Di has collected for the last 4 years aluminium cans and has signs up asking the public to please deposit ali cans in the Recycle bin.
Skip bin provided at the tip, "all cans donated to Old Bastards."
Di has generously donated all the cans back to the Old Bastards for their recycling of cans which they collect at various places around Kalbarri. Crushing, bagging and then transporting to Geraldton.
All monies raised from this project, and with the help of many people comes back
into the Kalbarri community.
All the money is then donated to worthy causes round Kalbarri and other local communities.
This next story comes courtesy of http://www.prideofaustralia.com.au/pastwinners_2008_wa.html
Kirsty Sinclair's ability to build a strong rapport with the local teens of Kalbarri has earned her widespread respect in the community. Her many contributions to the betterment of the local community include her roles as the Chair of Kalbarri Local Drug Action Group, overseeing the Student School Council, being the convener of Kalbarri Youth Action Committee, co-ordinating and organising subsidised school holiday action plans, instigating a 'free-space' for local teens and ensuring that the teenagers are able to attend sports training by driving the community bus over 100kms. All of this work Kirsty does beyond her role as the Careers and Vocational Education teacher at Kalbarri District High School, as well as running her own business and caring for her five-year-old son. Kirsty's ability to succeed with the youth in this community is seen where parents, schools and government agencies have not. Her contribution to the well being of the youth in this small, rural town has ensured the better future for countless individuals by offering them opportunities they would have never had.
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KIRSTY SINCLAIR, Adult Co-Winner of the 2010 "THE BRENDAS' COMMUNITY AWARDS."
Following is information that publicly praises Kirsty for all her unselfish community work, listing the things she has initiated and/or involved in.
It is copied from the "Kalbarri Town Talk" (local news) page 25 December 2010.
"Kirsty Sinclair is awesome. She works countless hours in her own time to help make Kalbarri a better place, especially for our youth and she is very involved with and dedicated to her school students during school hours and beyond. Kirsty organises community events such as Kalbarri's Got Talent and River Rampage and provides our youth with skills to assist in the organisation of such events. She is the convener of the Local Drug Action Group. Kirsty ensures community participation in Clean Up Kalbarri days and The Hangout at PCYC. She is very active in community events including the Cray and Canoe carnival and Choose Respect activities including family picnics. Kirsty has been instrumental in guiding the EARTHMATES in their community achievements, including the Plastic Bag Group. She has been the leader of the Student Council for many years and spent many hours working to provide free events and fundraising opportunities for the students. She formalised the newspaper recycling program. Kirsty is also a key figure in the Health and Wellbeing Committee. She has introduced initiatives including Wellness Wednesday for high school girls, Walk to School breakfasts and free healthy lunches. Kirsty also introduced Chockies for Champs' for staff to recognise and show appreciation for their colleagues.
Kirsty works tirelessly to provide our youth with activities and instill much needed life skills and values for each of them for their futures."
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After receiving her award Kirsty makes her comment on the same page as follows:-
"This is probably the biggest honour of my life. Thanks to the kids. The kids in Kalbarri continue to make us so proud and inspire us and that's why I do what I do."
Link to the Kirsty Story
The KT would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the other community minded people whose work has also earned them the honour of receiving this 2010 "THE BRENDAS' COMMUNITY AWARDS." they are :-
BREALEY MITCHELL Primary winner.
DAVE PRATT Adult co-winner.
KEN WILSON Senior winner.