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Awarded for service to Health, service to the Community
Born: 28 June 1949
Entered on roll: 2008
Margaret Dennis was born in Derby, England. She moved to Australia in 1973 and lived in Melbourne before moving to Rossarden, Tasmania, in 1985.
Margaret has been a volunteer ambulance officer since 1989, and is known as one of the ‘Avoca Angels’ - a group of seven female volunteer ambulance officers working in the Avoca region. Margaret has been a significant contributor to the Volunteer Ambulance Officers Association of Tasmania, and was Secretary of the organisation from 1996-2007; Treasurer since 2007; editor of the organisations’ First Response newsletter since 1996 and its webmaster since 1997. Margaret has been awarded life membership of this organisation in recognition of her contribution.
Margaret has received a number of awards in recognition of her voluntary service as an ambulance officer. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for Ambulance Service and in 2006, she was awarded both a National Medal (for 15 years of service) and an Ambulance Service Medal.
Margaret is an active participant in the Rossarden community. As well as being a part-time post mistress, she has been editor of the community newspaper Rossarden Mountain Re-Echo since May 1991. Margaret is the Secretary of the Rossarden Friends Kids Christmas Club, and organises fundraisers for the annual Rossarden Christmas Party. This has included producing two volumes of a popular local recipe book entitled Rossarden Recipes, the proceeds of which have also benefited the Fred Hollows Foundation. Margaret has also been a member of the Northern Midlands Community and Health Interest Group since 1993, and Secretary of the group since 2000. In this position, she has organised many events and educational forums on topics including domestic violence. Margaret was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2005.
In recognition of her community work, Margaret was awarded Northern Midlands Citizen of the Year in 2000.