Marion Wilson was officially awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, last Monday on the Queens Birthday.
The Order of Australia recognises outstanding members of the community at a national level, for those who have given extraordinary services to Australia and humanity.
“I am very humbled, it is really the work of a group of people. I am surrounded by marvellous people, it’s a thrill to be honoured in this way,” said Marion Wilson.
“I was nominated 18 months ago for my work in health, the church and local community groups,” she said.
Marion is currently the Co-Chair of the Anglican and Uniting Church Council, Chair of Community Life Centre Development, Chair of District Church Council Uniting Church, Chair of the Christmas Day Lunch Committee and Chair of Canowindra Foodbasket, just to name a few.
“It is wonderful. When you give you get a heap back. I just do it and don’t really think about it. I see opportunities to make a difference in the community and with the help of other wonderful people we really make a difference.”
Marion has had a big involvement in Health Care in the Central West and says, “I was 1 in 6 of the nurses who came to the Central West and the first to come to Canowindra”.
She worked on state policies for the Department of Health and worked with the committees to establish multi purpose services.
She certainly doesn’t stop giving and is currently working on something exciting for the town.
“At the moment I have been working on turning the Uniting Church into a new community life centre. It’s a new way of Church and it will be open seven days a week to cater for different needs in Canowindra.”
Marion is a tremendous woman who is now recognised on a national level.
“I thank all of those who have patiently supported me along the way such as my family and the town. It is really a great reward not only to me but to Canowindra.”