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Jenny Kay Piemontese

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Jenny Kay Piemontese

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 22 January 1965

Entered on roll: 2008


Jenny Piemontese was born in Hobart and is a mother of four. For the past three years Jenny has unhesitatingly opened her home to newborn babies, many of whom are premature and suffering from drug withdrawal. After the babies receive treatment in hospital, Jenny fosters them for the first critical months until they are moved to a more permanent home. In her own words she says “... I love children. I do it because in Tasmania we have so many children that need care for one reason or another”. The babies are often irritable from drug withdrawal and require feeding every two hours, day and night.

After Jenny and her husband Vince decided they were ready to foster children Jenny completed the appropriate training with the Department of Health and Human Services. Within weeks they were welcoming their first foster child with the philosophy that “It doesn't matter if it's only for 24 hours, they're part of our family and we love them”.

Jenny has volunteered in her local community for a number of years, in a variety of ways. She has been a school banking coordinator, library helper, canteen helper, parents and friends member, school fair helper, a coach and manager for her children’s sports teams and the District Leader for the Sandford Girl Guides.

In 2006, Jenny trained as a Lifeline telephone counsellor and received her Certificate of Accreditation for 100 hours of telephone counselling. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Lifeline Tasmania CHATS Team, which takes groups of elderly people in Clarence to various activities to maintain their health and social contacts. In 2007, Jenny organised a ‘Christmas Lights’ tour, providing the CHATS group with supper at her home and then a tour in a rented mini bus through the Eastern Shore to find houses with Christmas lights. She also provided each of the elderly people in the group with a small gift.

Jenny is currently studying at TAFE Tasmania for her Diploma in Community Welfare and is studying for a Certificate II in Community Pharmacy by distance education. Jenny is also working towards her Certificate IV in Telephone Counselling with Lifeline.

Jenny volunteers at Calvary Hospital one day a fortnight, spending time in the wards helping patients and giving them welcome company.

In recognition of her outstanding community service, Jenny won the Volunteering Tasmania Volunteering Award in the Community Achievement Awards 2007 and was named Citizen of the Year in the 2008 City of Clarence Australia Day Awards.  Since her induction, Jenny has won the 2009 Pride of Australia - Tasmanian award for Care and Compasion, National Pride of Australia Award - Care and Compassion and was named Barnados Tasmanian Mother of the Year in 2010.

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