She loves her community of Wedderburn and she loves the important role she plays in helping save lives.
Shirley knows first-hand just how challenging medical emergencies can be in rural and regional Victoria. She was inspired to make a difference in her community and since starting with the Charlton and District Ambulance Auxiliary 18 years ago (with 14 years concurrently serving as a CERT committee member in Wedderburn) she’s seen health services in her local area steadily grow.
Wedderburn now has a permanent ambulance, CERT officers and fulltime paramedic.
Because of Shirley – Wedderburn now also has seven life-saving defibrillators.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Shirley has been short-listed as a finalist in the 2018 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards – her dedication and commitment to service has given her community healthcare options they didn’t have before.
We all know it takes a community to save a life – we just wish all communities had someone like Shirley!