Joan a reluctant nominee
SHE IS a reluctant nominee but few would disagree that Joan Smedley, of Evans Head, deserves to be in the running for the Australia Day Citizen of the Year award.
Constantly involved with the Lions Club since 1957, Joan also happily volunteers for the Driver Reviver program at New Italy and the Veteran Affairs-run Day Club.
"The day club is for people who are on their own," she said.
"We do quizzes and $5 covers morning tea and lunch at the (Evans Head-Woodburn) RSL Club."
It took some coaxing by The Rivertown Times for Joan to agree to talk about her nomination.
"I don't do anything for nominations," Joan said.
"I do it because I like it, I like to get involved.
"I just feel funny getting anything like that.
"There are a lot more people deserving."
Joan's happy, smiling face is a constant sight at many community events..
Celebrations in the Richmond Valley kick off at the Casino Showground at 8.30am with a barbecue breakfast. The official ceremony starts at 9.30am. Nominees for the Richmond Valley Citizen Awards will be presented and winners of each category will be announced.
Whip-cracking legend Russell Adcock, the Australia Day Ambassador to the Richmond Valley, might just show the crowd how to really crack a whip while the Richmond Valley One Voice Choir will be joined by country music soloist Sonya Marks for the National Anthem during the flag-raising ceremony.
Lower Richmond Australia Day award nominees:
Citizen of the Year
Kevin Kilroy, Woodburn, Sylvia Kilroy, Woodburn, Joan Smedley, Evans Head
Youth of the Year
Christine Warren, Evans Head
Sportsperson of the Year
Ethan Wilson, Evans Head, Tegan Hancock, Evans Head
Community Event of the Year
Woodburn Bridge 30th Birthday Celebrations, Coraki Art Prize
Environmental Champion of the Year
Ronald Leslie Doyle, Evans Head, Evans River & Coastal Landcare Inc, Evans Head