Quiet achiever honoured
KRISTINE Dinsey has always been a humble achiever.
And there is no exception to the rule with the Tweed River High School assistant's latest success - a place in the school's Hall of Fame.
Dubbed a true role model for students at the school, Ms Dinsey went on to bigger and better things after graduating from Tweed River High in 1971.
In 1972, She joined the Women's Royal Australian Air Force as an air defence plotter, and was posted in an array of locations including Darwin during the treacherous Cyclone Tracey.
Four years after her initial posting, Ms Dinsey held a Queens Commission and became the first female air traffic control offIcer in what is now called the Royal Australian Air Force, monitoring the flights of fighter planes.
In 1997, she was attached to the Multinational Force of Observers in the Sinai Peninsula between Egypt and Israel, followed by a two-and-a-half-year posting in the United Kingdom, where she was promoted to Squadron Leader.
After 25 years of service, Ms Dinsey retired, but still had the gusto to take on a raft of community projects, including public speaking and career seminars in schools and junior sports administration.
In 1999 she returned to Tweed River High, where she designed and established literacy projects and senior enrichment study days.
Since 2002, she has worked as a school assistant, diving into a range of school programs in addition to assisting community initiatives.
Ms Dinsey said she was honoured to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"It's funny, when I talk to people about what I've done they are often surprised and say, 'I didn't know that'," she said.