Bev Davis of Bodalla joins Chris Walters and Danielle Murphy and of Cobargo to make it to the 2020 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll recognising the contribution they have made through volunteering. This year 104 rural women were nominated across the State.
In making the announcement The Honourable Adam Marshall MP, Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales said:
‘This year has tested our Australian spirit as we have dealt with devastating droughts, fires and floods, and a global pandemic that will change the way we live. While we go through this time of change, our country will continue to be held together by our resilient volunteers who dedicate their time to the community.
‘This year we have called on our volunteers to go above and beyond in recovery roles across the state. Our small gesture of appreciation through their inclusion in this honour roll is a tribute to these rural and regional women, as we continue to focus on building resilience and a rewarding future for the next generation.
‘Despite the tough times we find ourselves in, it is important for us to take the time to thank and recognise the volunteers who have stepped in to support their communities. We encourage you to join these celebrations by reading these stories, and perhaps taking inspiration to start, or continue, your own volunteering journey.’
The Roll of Honor 2020: Beverley (Bev) Davis has lived and worked in the Bodalla area most of her life. She has worked for Childrens’ Services for the Eurobodalla Shire Council for many years involved in all centres including Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay and goes well beyond being a paid employee. In addition, Bev is a tireless volunteer for several organisations including the Bodalla Volunteer Fire Brigade, Presbyterian Church, and Bodalla Country Women’s Association (CWA). Since the January bushfires Bev has spent many hours visiting fire affected families to offer support which has included comfort, hands-on practical assistance, and liaising with agencies to organise services, distribution of donations, and assisting with the various other forms of relief such as special events to raise funds for victims. Bev was also on-hand to help set up the Bodalla Food Hub and spent many hours assisting families there after the fires. She has spent weekends driving to the impacted areas delivering fresh food, produce and home baked goodies to those affected and is now also working with OzHarvest to reach those in need and provide goods. Always willing to assist with CWA fundraising, catering, charitable events and activities (such as Seniors’ Week), Bev is not just a hidden treasure—she is an absolute gem and the word ‘no’ is simply not in her vocabulary. Where there is a need for help in any situation you can be sure that Bev will be the first there, caring, giving and supporting the community.