Doreen Mina, a long-time resident of Lithgow has been named as a 2022 recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.
The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. It is considered the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.
Doreen volunteered for over fifty years at the Lithgow Hospital Auxiliary. She became involved in the committee after spending much time at Lithgow Hospital tending to her husband who was a patient and found friendship with the fellow volunteers. Now a life member of the Auxiliary, Doreen retired at the beginning of the pandemic after more than 50 years of service.
Deputy Premier and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited Doreen to congratulate her and said Doreen Mina is a worthy recipient of the accolade.
“Hospitals can be emotional and scary places, the Lithgow Hospital Auxiliary volunteers provide a friendly face for those in need and raise vital funds for the hospital,” Mr Toole said.
“To commit five decades of your life to volunteering with one community organisation deserves the recognition of an OAM. Thank you, Doreen, for your dedication to the Lithgow Auxiliary and commitment to the community of Lithgow.”
Doreen will travel with her family to Government House in Sydney next week to officially receive her medal.