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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 6 August 1969
Entered on roll: 2006
Margaret Dare was born in Queenstown and grew up on the West Coast of Tasmania where she is now bringing up her own family.
Over many years, Margaret has become well known through her extraordinary commitment to the people of the West Coast, particularly young people. She feels strongly that young people need support and somewhere to go to be with peers. During the past seven years, through her voluntary efforts, Margaret has fulfilled her dream of creating a haven for youth on the West Coast.
Margaret’s passion for helping and supporting young people led her to raise thousands of dollars for the Queenstown Squash and Fitness Centre Youth Room, which gives young people somewhere to go to be with their peers and participate in supervised activities. Margaret is also the President of the Youth Room and is involved in the day-to-day running of the Centre which involves diverse tasks such as marketing, hand-on youth work, events management and financial management.
The Youth Room has been furnished especially for young people with multi-coloured walls and colourful couches, and it provides a range of activities for youth where volunteer adults supervise activities.
Margaret’s other voluntary work includes driving school buses for the Mountain Heights School and St Josephs’ School in Queenstown, working as a voluntary Australian Tax Help Agent, being an office manager for the Queenstown Squash and Fitness Centre and involvement with Targa Tasmania in a voluntary capacity.
Margaret has also been involved with the Lyell Neighbourhood Watch since it began in 1999, taking on the role of Secretary. She is now the coordinator of this group.
Margaret is currently studying and raising a family as well as carrying out many diverse voluntary roles.
Her commitment to the West Coast and the Queenstown community and her work with the Queenstown Squash and Fitness Centre Youth Room were recognised in 2003 when she was awarded the Centenary medal for Service to the Community.