Carer award

Service Coordinator for Tumut District Community Transport, Damian Reeves, presenting Carer of the Year, Tricia Dowling, with her award.

LOCAL carer, Tricia Dowling, has been awarded the Tumut District Community Transport Carer of the Year Award.

The Bombowlee carer is a regular on the list to transport and care for the elderly clients of the service and is the lady to ring when a last minute job crops up.

In announcing the award, the Service Coordinator for the service, Damian Reeves, said it was only fitting in Carer Recognition Week, to applaud all those involved in the program.

“We commend those people, who through their kindness and dedication, make a huge contribution to the improved quality of life to those in the community suffering the ill effects of deteriorating health, great age or disabilities,” Mr Reeves said. “Whilst our service has many highly valued and dedicated carers, who also act as drivers, Tricia has been outstanding in both terms of responding to assist at short notice and the highly positive feedback from those she has devoted herself to look after.

Tricia often will travel all day and to all sorts of locations well out of the Tumut district, just to help. Amazingly she never knocks back a request for help.

“The Tumut District Community Transport staff would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge, thank and congratulate all those volunteers who assist the service in looking after our passengers,” Mr Reeves said. “We also thank all the carers in the community whose devotion to others, eases the burdens of so many of our fellow citizens.”

For Tricia helping others is her opportunity to give back to a community she is very fond of.

“I have been helping for around four years now and I really enjoy the experience,” Mrs Dowling said. “My family has grown up so I thought it was now time I did something for the community. I enjoy helping the older people and by the end of the day you have a good feeling that you have helped someone else.”

Before signing up to be a Tumut District Community Transport helper, Tricia cared for her mother. Now she drives those in need to doctor’s appointments and helps them in out of facilities, even accompanying them to appointments to act as their eyes and ears when required.