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Awarded for service to the Community
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Wales, Jackie Dermody was educated in Rhodesia, the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Her family immigrated to Australia in 1965, coming to Tasmania a year later. Jackie worked as the secretary to the Professor of Geography at the University of Tasmania from 1970-74. She married in 1971 and had three children, two sons and a daughter.
Jackie started delivering Meals on Wheels in Glenorchy when her son was in kindergarten. She would collect her son from school and they would finish the run together, as she believed in the importance of instilling an appreciation for community service in children. Jackie has served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels continuously since 1984, apart from four years employment as their State Executive Officer. She has also served terms as Tasmanian Secretary and National Secretary.
Jackie’s experience in Meals on Wheels made her very aware of the nutrition needs of older people. She discussed her concerns with a dietician and in 2000 they developed the Eating with Friends pilot at West Moonah. Jackie was the coordinator of the pilot program, which was subsequently adopted by the Glenorchy City Council. Jackie is on the Steering Committee and has helped set up 33 groups around the State and developed an information manual.
Jackie also has an extensive record of volunteer service with the Safety House Association. In 1986, she formed a Regional Committee for Southern Tasmania and set up the third Safety House Scheme in Tasmania. Since 1988, Jackie has been State Secretary of the Safety House Association and has served two terms as State Treasurer. There are now 75 Safety House Schemes operating statewide. Jackie has also served terms as National Secretary (1997-2000) and National President (1995-97). As National President, she was instrumental in securing funding to ensure the continued operation of the National Office.
Jackie has been a member of the Glenorchy City Council’s Safer Communities Committee since 1996. In 2004, she was honoured as the Citizen of the Year by the Glenorchy City Council and named as State Volunteer of the Year by the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Council.
Jackie has also trained as a mentor for the Glenorchy City Council’s Mentoring Program. The program’s emphasis is on assisting and encouraging people to become community leaders.