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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 1931 Died: May 2012
Entered on roll: 2005
Patricia Harris was born in Stanley and educated at Stanley Primary School and Smithton High School. She married in 1952 and had five children, four sons and a daughter. For many years she assisted her husband in the running of their farm.
Over 20 years, Patricia generously gave her time and energy to a wide range of community activities in George Town. She served as the caretaker of the George Town Memorial Hall for 18 years and was a volunteer guide at the Watch-house Museum.
Patricia was actively involved with a range of health care groups. She was member of the George Town Hospital Auxiliary for 16 years, including serving as President from 1998. She was a member of the Northern Council of Hospital Auxiliaries, and the George Town Health and Welfare Committee. Patricia provided practical and emotional support to the elderly as a volunteer at the Ainslie Nursing Home, and was a regular hospital visitor four days a week. She acted as carer for an elderly friend for eight years.
Patricia was a Foundation Member of the Gordon Square Early Learning Centre, and a volunteer at the Wambana Respite Centre for Handicapped Children. She was a member of the local Probus Club for 10 years, including serving as President.
Patricia played a leading role in many sporting and fundraising activities in George Town, including as a member of the Football Club Committee (five years), volunteer for the Bass and Flinders Bowls Club (three years), and the Cycling Club (three years).
She was also President and a Founding Member of the World Championship Hospital Bed Race (four years) and the Girl Guide Association.