Deidre Carroll named Grenfell's Senior Citizen of the Year

Deidre Carroll is congratulated by Weddin Mayor Mark Liebich.

Deidre Carroll is congratulated by Weddin Mayor Mark Liebich.

Deidre Carroll was named Grenfell's Senior Citizen of the Year at the shire's Australia Day Awards on Sunday.

Her many decades of work for the community were outlined, beginning with her support for the schools and organisations her children were involved with through to today.

"It's truly an honour to receive this award on Australia Day," Deidre said, accepting the honour and congratulating all the day's nominees.

"We are so very fortunate to live in the lucky country and in particular Grenfell, and the Weddin Shire.

"But luck does not always just come: the harder we work, the luckier we get."

Deidre's philosophy has always been, the more you put into something the more you will get out out of it.

"Without the support of my wonderful family, I would not be able to contribute as much as I do and for this I am very thankful," she said.

"My heartfelt thanks for this award."

Just some of the organisations Deidre has served include the Brownies, junior league, touch football, squash, St Joseph's Parish, Meals on Wheels, the CWA Evening Branch, Grenfell Show and Grenfell Jockey Club.

Deirdre has served Cancer Council's biggest morning tea and the Grenfell Dramatic Society, raised funds for Careflight and organised the woodchop for the Henry Lawson Festival.

Deidre promotes Grenfell through her column in the Grenfell Record as well as with a weekly radio chat.

Always willing to extend country hospitality, Deidre coordinated catering for more than 80 members of the Jaguar Car Club and similar for the A Model Ford Club when they visited Grenfell.

Her nomination came from the Grenfell Lions, an organisation she works extensively with.

Deidre is a member of the Lions District 201N4 Cabinet and chairperson of three portfolios: Children's Health and Mobility, Nurses Foundation and Public Relations.

Mayor Mark Liebich acknowledged the contribution and achievements of the other nominee for the award, Marie Cotter, who was described as "a tower of strength in every organisation she has been involved in, always willing to give 110 percent in every aspect as well as holding executive positions where required."

Deidre Carroll is congratulated by Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.

Deidre Carroll is congratulated by Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.