Last Wednesday Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, hid in the Physiotherapy ward of the Canowindra Hospital to present local woman Peggie Beath with a Dubbo Electorate Award. Family, friends and fellow volunteers also hid round the corner with Mr. Grant to surprise Peggie, and surprised she was! Looking dazed and slightly wary, Peggie was introduced to Troy Grant who then proceeded to give a speech and hand her the special award.
“I’ve never had so many nominations for a single person,” Mr Grant said, “We get so busy with our day to day lives that it is great to take a moment to recognise those in our community who do so much to help those around them.”
Peggie has been heavily involved in various committees within the community for many years including 42 years with Meals on Wheels, 27 years of Service to the Red Cross and 27 years of service to the Canowindra Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary. She is deeply committed to her Church and the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary and supports the good work they do in helping those in need. In her spare time she also serves tea and coffee to weary travellers at Canowindra’s Driver Reviver. Peggie is the first person from Canowindra to be given one of these awards and the ever humble lady’s response was, “I really haven’t done anything.” As Mr. Grant said, “It’s those who do the most in our communities that want the least recognition.”
By Rhi Quinn