Jackie’s our Citizen of Year
ONE of the region's most dedicated volunteers has been recognised for decades of service to the community.
Well-known for her dedication to numerous Gympie organisations, Jackie Hyam was named 2013 Citizen of the Year.
Mrs Hyam was presented with her award at the annual Australia Day awards ceremony at the Gympie Civic Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Seven other awards were presented during the ceremony - Young Citizen of the Year won by Patrick Connolly; Senior Cultural Award which went to Sean Connelly; Junior Cultural (Aidan Patrick); Senior Sports (Desiree Gill); Junior Sports (Grace Vogler); Sports Administrator (Gina Godden); and Community Event of the Year (Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola Gala Ball).
Mrs Hyam has been an active member of Meals on Wheels for 37 years.
She has been involved in the Uniting Church Day Care at Cooinda for the past 33 years, serving as president for the past two years.
She has been delivering library books to housebound residents for the 33 years and was granted life membership of the Gympie Probus Club in 201.
Mrs Hyam has volunteered at Gympie eisteddfods since 1979 as an adjudicator's scribe and as honorary secretary since 2001.
She was awarded the prize of Quota Woman of the Year in 2008 and has been treasurer of the Rifle Range Neighbourhood Watch group since 1997.
Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne told those who gathered in the Civic Centre on Saturday to support the nominees across the eight awards that Jackie's dedication to our community, her years of volunteering and service and her compassionate nature demonstrated what a worthy Citizen of the Year she was.
Councillor Dyne thanked Mrs Hyam for her years of service and for helping to make the Gympie region a place we could all be proud to call home.