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Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch welfare officer Jocelyn Slater awarded OAM in the 2019 Australia Day Honours

Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch welfare officer Jocelyn Slater awarded OAM in the 2019 Australia Day Honours

Jocelyn Slater has been helping others, without pay, and with a smile, since the 1940s.

Now the work of the 77-year-old from Mitchelton has been recognised with an OAM in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

But Mrs Slater is modest about the accolade.

“I really don’t think I deserve this honour,” she said.

“There’s a lot of hardworking volunteers in Australia that probably deserve it more.”

Her first volunteer role was as a junior Red Cross girl at school when she was seven.

In more recent years she has worked with the Mitchelton ‘Mitchie’ Day Club, the Gaythorne Legacy Care Group and founded the Gaythorne Bowls Friendship Club.

She has also visited Enoggera Respite Care clients, and raised money for it as well as The Nest and Young Care.

But she said her greatest achievement had been her work as Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch welfare officer, helping veterans from World War I and II, and the Korean and the Vietnam wars.

“I do enjoy doing what I do. It’s a pleasure,” Mrs Slater said. “I’ve always volunteered. I just love it.

“Just seeing the faces, the smiles. Doing something for a purpose.

Jocelyn Slater has been helping others, without pay, and with a smile, since the 1940s.

Now the work of the 77-year-old from Mitchelton has been recognised with an OAM in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

But Mrs Slater is modest about the accolade.

“I really don’t think I deserve this honour,” she said.

“There’s a lot of hardworking volunteers in Australia that probably deserve it more.”

Her first volunteer role was as a junior Red Cross girl at school when she was seven.

In more recent years she has worked with the Mitchelton ‘Mitchie’ Day Club, the Gaythorne Legacy Care Group and founded the Gaythorne Bowls Friendship Club.

She has also visited Enoggera Respite Care clients, and raised money for it as well as The Nest and Young Care.

But she said her greatest achievement had been her work as Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch welfare officer, helping veterans from World War I and II, and the Korean and the Vietnam wars.

“I do enjoy doing what I do. It’s a pleasure,” Mrs Slater said. “I’ve always volunteered. I just love it.

“Just seeing the faces, the smiles. Doing something for a purpose.

 

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