HELEN HARGREAVES, of Dunoon, has been a guiding light in the lives of young girls for 30 years.
Yesterday, she was honoured with the Premier’s Community Service Award for her work with the Girl Guides.
“It was a total surprise and a huge honour,” Mrs Hargreaves said, just moments after being presented with the award by State Member for Lismore Thomas George, in Ballina.
Mrs Hargreaves has been the leader of the girl guide unit at Clunes for 20 years.
Seeing the girls, who join the guides as young as 5, ‘blossom’, was the most rewarding part of her work, Mrs Hargreaves said.
“They develop self-confidence,” she said.
“We aim to help girls and young women reach their fullest potential.”
Over the past 30 years Mrs Hargreaves has held a number of regional and state positions, including regional commissioner and international advisor, in which she advised Australian guides undertaking overseas trips.
Mr George said: “Helen had taught many young women life skills which would benefit them for the rest of their lives.
“It is the commitment and dedication of people like Helen which enriches our community,” Mr George said.