Meredith is making world of difference
TWEED Shire's Citizen of the Year Meredith Dennis considers the work she does with dying people a privilege.
As a volunteer with the Tweed Palliative Support Group, Ms Dennis uses her old Suzuki Vitari to transport carers' equipment around the region, ensuring that patients could stay in their own homes.
"When you know you're helping somebody and their family during their last few days and hours, it's an incredible privilege to be involved at that time," she said.
With a background in nursing in Adelaide, and then in private business, Ms Dennis moved to the Tweed with plans to start a restaurant, but instead became involved in volunteering.
And while she has spent countless hours doing just that, she accepted her award on behalf of all of the volunteers involved in the Palliative Support Group.
The Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards were announced by the Tweed's Australia Day committee chairman, Don Back.
"There were 56 nominations across all categories and the committee wishes to thank all those who provided nominations," Mr Beck said.
Tweed Shire senior officer Neil Baldwin said Ms Dennis had demonstrated great commitment with a special passion and sensitivity in assisting the terminally ill.