Community Champion - Lynette Dansie AM

Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:11): I rise today to speak about the community awards that I held in my electorate just recently.

I did this last year and again this year. It is a great opportunity to recognise people who do great work in our local area but who often go unrecognised. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the people who received awards on the night.

I would also like to thank Innes Patritti and the wonderful Patritti family because we held the function at their cellar door. It was a great evening for the Wingard Winter Warmer. We had the support of the Patritti family and their beautiful wines. I will talk more about them later, but a big thank you to them. 

Ms Lynette Dansie AM from Marion attended with her husband, Keith. I said that we like to recognise people who perhaps go a little bit unrecognised in the community. When Lyn was nominated for her award, she had gone unrecognised, but that has changed and I will explain why.

Lynette has been volunteering with St John Ambulance for more than 60 years. Lyn currently works in the service's Unley museum and serves in the historical society, of which she is the secretary. Lyn joined St John's with her twin brother, Maurice, in 1957 when they were 11 years old. They took after their father, John Barry.

Lyn met her husband while the two were volunteering with St John's and this year celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Lyn was SA state officer for cadets from 1993 to 1999 and was appointed national Chief Officer (Cadets) of St John Ambulance in Australia in 1993 to 1999.

Lyn was made a member of the order of Australia (AM) in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list. She was recognised duly, as I mentioned, in the Queen's Birthday honours list, but hopefully our community award will sit somewhere alongside that award. In fact, on the night Lyn said she had not received her award yet, so hopefully ours is still taking pride of place on her mantelpiece. 


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