Claire’s volunteering is recognised

Claire Stuchbery
Friday, 25 May 2012
She's the tops!

LOCAL volunteer Claire Stuchbery has received the 2012 Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Award for outstanding individual achievement from a rural health service.
Mrs Stuchbery, 75, has been volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program for 36 years, and still loves helping people as much as when she first started in 1976.
Minister for Health David Davis presented the award to her last Thursday, at a ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
“It was a really humbling experience,” Mrs Stuchbery said.
“There are so many other people who deserved it; I really didn’t expect to win.”
Carolyn Malseed, Portland District Health (PDH) manager of volunteers described Mrs Stuchbery as a deserving winner of the award.
“She isn’t there for accolades but she is an important part of our Meals on Wheels community,” Ms Malseed said.
Mrs Stuchbery has driven about 22,000 kilometres whilst delivering Meals on Wheels, all at her own expense.
“I am prepared to do this at my expense because it is a worthwhile and rewarding thing to be able to do,” she said.
When asked about whether she will ever be on the receiving end of the Meals on Wheels service, she replied, “If the need arises”.
Mrs Stuchbery also says that her favourite part about the service is when she “meets new people and has good conversations with them”.
Mrs Stuchbery started Meals on Wheels when she belonged to the Country Women’s Association.
She has also volunteered across multiple other organisations in the Portland district.
The 135-strong Portland Meals on Wheels team were finalists in the team category.
The Meals on Wheels program provides a home delivered individually catered hot meal for about 1200 citizens each month. PDH has held the contract of the service for the past 15 years.
Mrs Stuchbery also recommends to others the volunteer role of delivering Meals on Wheels, and says anyone interested in becoming involved should contact the coordinator and offer their services.
PORTLAND District Health manager of volunteers Carolyn Malseed congratulates Claire Malseed on receiving the 2012 Victorian Minister for Health Volunteer Award for outstanding individual achievement in a rural health service.

Story by Aiden Sealey, Portland Observer.  Picture by Tahlia Gollasch, Portland Observer.

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