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Roxena (Roxy) Cowie OAM

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Roxena (Roxy) Cowie

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 18 May 1956

Entered on roll: 2005


Roxy Cowie was born in Launceston and educated at St Marys District School. She married in 1975 and had two daughters.

Roxy started work as a receptionist with the St Marys medical practice at the age of 17. Her employer was the only doctor servicing towns as far afield as Avoca, Bicheno and St Helens. She was often called upon to assist the doctor in the surgery.

Roxy has undertaken a diverse range of voluntary roles, and was instrumental in establishing community groups to meet local needs. In 1976 Roxy completed a first aid course and joined the St John Ambulance. After qualifying as an Instructor in 1976 she began a long career as an unpaid trainer. In 1980 she resigned from paid employment to care for a sick child but she continued as a First Aid Trainer and became involved in a range of community organisations. She joined the CWA, and was a founding member of both the Fingal Book Club and the Fingal Historical Society.

In 1982 Roxy and other local mothers started a playgroup. In 1985 she completed a Volunteer Ambulance course becoming a Tasmanian Ambulance Service volunteer. For 10 years she assisted in the administration and fundraising efforts of the Fingal Rifle Club. Since 1990 Roxy has also assisted the organisers of Camp Quality to conduct two camps every year in the Fingal Valley.

In 1991 Roxy’s dedication to first aid training was formally recognised when she was inducted into the Order of St John Ambulance. Between 1992-99 Roxy’s voluntary role with the St John Ambulance expanded to include State Training Officer and subsequently State Training and Sales Manager. In 2001, Roxy was promoted to the position of Officer Sister. In 1998, she took on the role as trainer with the Fingal Football Club and now is responsible for three teams each season.

Roxy continues to give freely of her time in service to her community. This was recognised when she received an Order of Australia Medal in 2003 for her service to the community of the Fingal Valley, and her commitment to working for St John Ambulance.

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