Wooli resident Glenice Small lives each day wanting to make her community a better place.
For the past 10 years Glenice has been the driving force behind co-ordinating camping weekends through Camp Quality for kids with cancer and their families.
Together with a team of dedicated volunteers, Glenice has put smiles on the faces of over 510 families whose lives have been impacted on by cancer.
Last week, Glenice was recognised for her commitment and dedication to her local community by Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis who awarded her with a Community Service Award from the NSW Premier.
“Glenice is a local champion and she is very deserving of the award bestowed upon her.
“She devotes her time to causes because she sees a need out there.
“Children with cancer are our most vulnerable and to think Glenice can put a smile on their faces and give them and their families a weekend of relaxation to ease the pressure and take their mind off such challenging times is inspiring.
“On behalf of the Premier and the community I thank Glenice for the countless hours she has put in to make the lives of those doing it tough a little bit brighter.
“I am impressed by the way a small community like Wooli can come together for such a great cause – a community helping itself,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Camp Quality’s Northern NSW Program Co-ordinator, Tim Chapman said there are a lot of people who have been touched by the work Glenice does.
“Glenice’s work is immeasurable. In 10 years this lady has delivered camps that no other program in Camp Quality has done. She has rallied a community together with little work required from Camp Quality. All we need to do is provide the kids.
“Camp Quality can’t do it alone. Glenice, with the support of her volunteers, has delivered the culture, the smiles, the laughter and the experiences for hundreds of children and their families impacted on by cancer and for that we thank her,” Mr Chapman said.
During the presentation, Glenice took the time to thank all her volunteers for their support. She paid particular appreciation to the support provided by Stan and Michael from Wooli Deep Sea Tours who take the children out whale watching and fishing and don’t charge a cent. She also thanked Robert and Alison Groves who have donated a boat this year.
“There wouldn’t be a camp without the volunteers so I would like to express my sincere appreciation for their time and effort. We work as a team. It’s just marvellous. I wouldn’t be standing here today with them,” Mrs Small said.