Casino is singing Carol's praise
CAROL LINDWALL doesn't like a fuss, and feels a little embarrassed about the attention involved with being nominated for this year's Richmond Valley Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award.
But she might have to get used to it, because another accolade is coming her way: The second floor of the Whiddon Group Home will be named in her honour when it opens in Casino next month.
It is for her long association with the nursing home, known in its current location as The Cedars Nursing Home, as a volunteer and a committee member, for which she has been nominated.
The modest 70-year-old describes herself as just a volunteer, but she has been much more than that.
In 1980, Mrs Lindwall was part of the committee which decided to raise funds to start Casino's first nursing home.
The committee held stalls, raffles and other fundraising activities to raise $305,000 towards the building's cost.
The nursing home opened in 1984 and Mrs Lindwall became a member of its management committee.
Mrs Lindwall said getting nominated had been a big thrill, but said she didn't feel worthy of the honour.
“There are other people who have done more than me,” she said.
Mrs Lindwall said it would be nice to be the Citizen of the Year, but she did not expect to win.
She was nominated by the nursing home's activities and recreation officer, Glennys Hiscocks.
Mrs Hiscocks nominated her in the open section of the award for her efforts as a volunteer.
“She is very capable, helpful and will get in and help out,” Mrs Hiscocks said.
“She puts in a lot of time and effort for fund- raising.”
Mrs Lindwall has also served as a volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels.
She is an active member of Casino Croquet Club, and retired last year from the role as its president after many years.
She has also been active in the Uniting Church.
The Citizen of the Year will be announced at the Richmond Valley Australia Day Celebrations to be held at New Italy.