OAM is overwhelming for Shirley
IT WAS the last thing Shirley Green expected when she went to her letterbox one afternoon last year.
And the Yeppoon woman is still coming to grips with the information she received.
A very modest Shirley was overwhelmed to discover that she was to receive an Order of Australia medal, but it was not something that she let go to her head.
"All I could think when I read it was 'there are so many other people who deserve this more than me', but I'm very grateful," she said.
Shirley is receiving her award for her service to music through Yeppoon Choral Society, a community organisation she has been involved in since 1964.
"I have always been interested in music, so I joined the choral society and it's just been a passion of mine ever since," she said.
"It's really a team effort, so I feel a bit silly being singled out."
Shirley said there were a number of proud moments, but raising over $50,000 for local charities with the Choral Society was among them.
Serving as the organisation's president and musical director until 2003, Shirley stepped down to become the vice-president and has since been recognised as a life member.
Shirley's award also recognises her contributions to other organisations, including Blue Care Capricorn Coast Auxiliary and St James's Church Ladies Fellowship, which she has been involved with for more than 20 years.
"I think it's good to be able to give something back to the community," Shirley said.