In the News: Community Achiever Award for Celia Hooker

CELIA Hooker has served the Derwent Valley community for most of her life and has lived here for all but a few years while nursing in Hobart. For her commitment to the town and district she has been awarded the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award, presented by Banjo’s Bakery Cafe New Norfolk, and New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

In 1973 Celia’s fundraising for children with disabilities saw her named the Tasmanian Woman of the Year Charity Queen. Her community work has continued ever since, while working and raising a family. She was the local school nurse for many years and later worked at the New Norfolk District Hospital. She was also the nursing officer for the New Norfolk Division of St John Ambulance in a volunteer role.

In retirement she was ordained a priest and serves as the minister at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in a voluntary capacity. Celia is also a member of the Suicide Awareness Group and supports the annual Pink Lady Day event in memory of those lost to cancer. She speaks at three Anzac Day services in New Norfolk each year and hosts a weekly radio program on Tyga-FM.

Her story will appear the July 15 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, which is the newspaper’s second birthday issue. The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award has been introduced by the paper in partnership with Banjo’s Bakery Cafe in order to recognise the quiet achievers who make our community great. The awards are presented monthly and nominations can be sent to this newspaper or delivered to Banjo’s Bakery Cafe in High St, New Norfolk.

The monthly winners will be featured in the newspaper and will receive a Banjo’s voucher and a 12-month subscription to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News. Nominate a local hero today by emailing letters@newnorfolknews.com, or drop a letter into the box near the coffee machine at Banjo’s Bakery Cafe, 30 High St, New Norfolk. Previous recipients were Tim Size, Tidy Towns Committee, Pauline Ackerly, Matt Hill, Myfanwy Lawless, Michael Hanson, Carol Volant, Neville Fenton, joint recipients Jannie Fahey and Allacia Ford, and Stefan Frazik.

This latest issue of the paper contains 28 pages of purely local news, all about the Valley and Highlands. There are about 40 items in the paper, including photos from the recent New Norfolk Junior Football Club “players and parents” breakfast and team photos of the New Norfolk Reserves and Colts teams. There are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide and much more. Steve Balmforth’s history page looks back at the glory days of the ANM company picnics.

Derwent Valley outlets for the paper include the New Norfolk Newsagency, New Norfolk Foodmarket, Eagle Snack Bar, New Norfolk IGA, Mood Food New Norfolk, Bushy Park Roadhouse, Westerway Roadhouse, Fika Time Cafe Maydena, Ellendale Post Office, Hamilton Post Office, Ouse Post Office and the Bothwell Supermarket. Other sellers include the Lagoon Store, Granton; Claremont Newsagency; Kingston Nextra; Glenorchy Central News; Moonah News; New Town Plaza; Elizabeth Mall News and Salamanca News.

Readers in any part of Tasmania can ask their preferred newsagency to order them a copy via the Mercury as the distribution agent. New Norfolk residents can ask the New Norfolk Newsagency to organise for a paper seller to visit within the town boundaries. More distant readers might prefer to download a copy from newnorfolknews.com.

The ongoing support of readers and advertisers is greatly appreciated. Feedback on the paper is invited by emailing damian@newnorfolknews.com

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