Honour Roll Recognises the ‘Unsung Hero’ of Eurongilly

Mrs Gail Commens of Eurongilly is amongst sixty-nine women across NSW added to the 2021-22 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.  

Coordinated by the NSW Rural Women’s Network, the 2021-22 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll recognises women across regional, rural and remote NSW who have given their time and energy to helping others in their community. 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has congratulated Mrs Commens for being included in the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. 

“Gail joins over 70 women in the Cootamundra electorate who have been recognised since 2010 for their commitment and dedication to volunteering to support the community,” Ms Cooke said. 

“As President of the Eurongilly CWA, Gail has chaired a state-wide Rural Women’s Gathering and has overseen projects benefiting women and children in developing countries. 

“Gail is also the founding Chairman of the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum, a Life Member of the CWA and the Junee Show Society, a Lay reader in the St. Luke’s parish and an opportunity shop volunteer. 

“In Gail’s busy schedule, she has also been heavily involved in the distribution of cash and essential items to drought-affected communities and individuals, as well as to bushfire and flood victims.” 

Mrs Commens said she was initially taken back by the nomination, and is honoured to be acknowledged for her volunteer work across numerous organisations. 

“I like meeting people and helping, it’s just what I enjoy,” Mrs Commens said. 

“It’s a group effort and I could not do what I do without the support of my loving family and friends along with the numerous other volunteers of the groups I am part of. 

“Nobody can achieve community goals alone, plus you feel you are winning on all levels when everyone works together.” 

For more information and a full list of the 2021 and 2022 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll awardees, visit nsw.gov.au/women-nsw/rural-womens-network

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