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Lyn Dark honoured to win top Maitland award

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In recognition of the significant support she’s given the Maitland community, Lyn Dark was humbled to be named Local Woman of the Year.

She claimed the prestigious honour from a stellar field of nominees, which included Alexandra Haggarty (Highly Commended), Dr Janece McDonald (Highly Commended), Helen  Stuckings (Highly Commended), Holly McNamee (Highly Commended), Joan Palmer (Highly Commended), Lesley Flannery (Highly Commended), Stacy Jacobs (Highly Commended), Jessie Allen-Berry, Alison Hunter, Candice King, Janice King, Victoria Lewis, Lesley Machin, Shanelle Pescud, Holly Picton, Katrina Sharman, Monica Toews Brown and Katrina Wirth.

Since moving to the area almost five decades ago, Ms Dark has been actively involved, as a volunteer, via numerous activities with local schools, St John’s Ambulance Australia, NSW Cancer Council, Maitland Hospital, Neighbourhood Watch and Rutherford Lioness Club. 

The Telarah resident was also instrumental in the formation of the West Maitland Centennial Lions Club.

Maitland state MP Jenny Aitchison said Ms Dark was a well-deserved recipient.

“Lyn continues to make a tremendous contribution to the Maitland Community with an unflagging passion to make our region a better place,” she explained.

“Continually supporting our community through various fundraising activities, ensuring those who are doing it tough can access things like Dignity Packs and Back to School parcels when they need it most, while caring for her ill husband and family members, only further demonstrates her commitment to the betterment of the area.

“We are proud to have Lyn as part of our community.

“This award aims to formally recognise the enormous contribution she continues to make.”

During a special ceremony on Friday 10 March, all 19 nominees were presented with certificates and flowers.

Seven of them were awarded Highly Commended, too.

Another five locals who were recently added to the NSW Government’s Hidden Treasures Honour Roll – Sandra Fox, Dr Janece McDonald, Christine Meyers, Sue Morphett and Peree Watson – were also acknowledged and handed certificates.

“These women are the backbone of our community, volunteering their time and energy to make a positive difference,” Ms Aitchison said.

“I’d like to acknowledge their significant efforts to supporting our local community and thank them for all the work they do.”

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