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Local Kiama community champion recognised with prestigious award

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Veronica Bardsley

27 March 2024, 6:10 AM

Local Kiama community champion recognised with prestigious award

Gwen Addison, a volunteer at the Kiama Presbyterian Church Op Shop, has been given a Community Champion Award as part of the 2024 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards.

Gareth Ward, the Member for Kiama, presented the prestigious Award at the Kiama Op Shop.

Mr. Ward emphasised Gwen Addison's remarkable dedication, describing her as a "community champion" whose selfless efforts have left a mark on Kiama. 

Gwen has dedicated herself tirelessly to managing and working at the Kiama Presbyterian Church Op Shop. Moreover, she has a longstanding association with the Christian Book Shop on Rosebank Place, where she served diligently for many years. 

Gwen's involvement extends beyond these roles; she has been a driving force behind the annual fundraisers of the Anglican Church of Kiama/Minnamurra and has volunteered with organisations such as Meals on Wheels and the Friends of Blue Haven group.

In his tribute to Gwen's service, Mr. Ward highlighted her many contributions, from managing the shop's finances to sorting donated items and collaborating with the Mission Australia truck to ensure support reaches those in need.

Describing Gwen as the embodiment of "service before self," Mr. Ward applauded her as a role model for the community, inspiring others to follow her lead in giving back. He expressed his utmost delight in presenting her with this award as a token of appreciation for her exceptional service and contributions to the community.

““Gwen continues in many roles from doing the banking for the shop, as well as sorting donated clothes and other items for sale and also working with the Mission Australia truck that comes into Kiama weekly to ensure support is available for others in need,” Mr Ward said. 

“Gwen is the epitome of service before self – and she is a shining example for others to follow her lead. She is incredibly deserving of this recognition; and I am absolutely delighted to present her with this award to highlight her distinguished contribution as a small way of saying ‘thank you’.”