Volunteer shocked to be named Hidden Treasure
COFFS Harbour's Ingrid Gardiner quite a shock when she was named in the 2018 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll early this month.
"I was quite surprised," she admitted.
"There are so many people in Coffs who so much for voluntary groups."
For Ingrid even her own work with the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak and The Collectors Club - is about being part of a team.
"I just do it because I'm in a position that I help," she explained.
"In Rotary you have the opportunity to do so much for so many different organisations - though really it's a team effort."
And while Rotary and The Collector Club take up a lot of her time it is also of fun.
However, she admits to being honoured when she received the notice in the mail and then the phone call from local member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll has now been around for nine years and recognizes the roles rural women volunteers play in their local community. It is an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries' Rural Women's Network.
Ingrid was one of 87 women recognize across the state with the Honour Roll now containing the names of 900 rural women named since it's inception in 2010.
Andrew Fraser said the stories included in this year's Honour Roll pay tribute to those women who give their time, expertise and energy to wide-ranging social and community organisations and initiatives.
He said in Ingrid's case these were many and varied.
"Ingrid has just completed 12 months as President of the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak," he said of why she was chosen.
""In that time she has presided over several community fundraising events including Rymarine and Jetty Ocean Swims.
"Ingrid is involved with the Collectors Club of Coffs Harbour and has been the main supervisor for the Collectors' annual fair."
A keen gardener, Ingrid has moved on from 30 years in real estate and now dabbles in collections, antiques and works of art.
"She has made many friends over many years here on the Coffs Coast, and I applaud her for contributing so generously to making our part of the world a fantastic place to live," he said.
Ingrid herself used the opportunity to promote her two main groups Rotary and the Collectors Club -both of which are always looking for new members.
She said while she is a member of the Daybreak Rotary club - who have breakfast meetings, there are also clubs that meet at lunch and a couple in the evening.
"There is club to suit everyone," she said.