Honoured 'mum' still in care role
MORE than 500 children have known her as 'mum' over a period spanning 50 years.
And Dorothy Armstrong, who was yesterday named the Rockhampton region’s Citizen of the Year, isn’t finished yet.
Despite the obvious pain and discomfort of hip replacement surgery, Dorothy told a wrapt audience that she would continue the work she started when she was still a child herself.
She’d cared for young people since she was 12, she said, and she would continue to foster her remaining two until they were 18.
Mayor Brad Carter said Dorothy’s dedicated and compassionate service to the community made her a fitting recipient of the region’s top honour. Young Citizen of the Year Luke Walford was also honoured for his work with children through the Salvation Army, as school chaplain at two schools and his accomplishments both as a musician and sportsman.
Community Service awards went to Neale Dunphy of Gracemere, Des Ryan of Rockhampton and Yeppoon’s James Goodsell.
Mr Dunphy has saved at least five lives and volunteers for a variety of community organisations. Mr Ryan is a tireless worker for the rights of disabled people and raising awareness of quadriplegia, and Mr Goodsell, a former teacher, has been involved in 150 rescues in his work with the Volunteer Coast Guard.
Cultural awards went to Arlene Roberts of Mount Morgan, Mary Steer of Rockhampton and Yeppoon’s Paddy Delalande, while Sports awards were won by trampolining Olympic hopeful Riley Glazebrook, learn-to-sail stalwart Carole Gifford and squash coach Sandra Rowcliffe.