A range of groups in the Bingara area were keen to add their voices to the nomination of Irene Wildman’s nomination for Volunteer of the Year, announced on Australia Day.
Irene was nominated by her friend, Fay Edwards, who supported her nomination with references from five organisations Irene is heavily involved with. “Irene is one of those quiet achievers who, without any fuss, is there for the community,” Fay wrote. “Even with her own disabilities, she has time to give freely to the various organisations in the local community, always with a smile.”
Having taught scripture at the local school for five years, Irene eventually had to give it away due to her mobility problems.
Uniting Church Minister Rev Jean Bell said “Irene never allows her disabilities to deter her from serving and caring for others, not only in our church community, but also in the wider Bingara community. It gives me great pleasure to support those who are putting Irene Wildman’s name forward for nomination.”
The Salvation Army shop has also benefited from Irene willingness to help. Over a number of years, she has worked in the various locations the shop has had in town.
Irene is a long standing member of the Bingara and District Historical Society and is currently the treasurer. When her name was announced as Volunteer of the Year, Irene was manning the Historical Society’s table selling books.
Irene can be found at Touriandi Lodge on at least two days a week playing games and calling bingo for the residents, all of whom love her. She is also a help at special occasions at the Lodge.
Irene is also a long term volunteer for Day Care centre at Hunter New England Health. She has been only too willing to give up Tuesdays and Thursdays to help clients and brings inspiration to the group.
On Wednesdays, Irene is part of the Bingara Ladies sewing group.
Her work in the community, which is done quietly and lovingly, is a credit to her, and greatly appreciated by all who she helps and works with.