In 2016 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers Vicki Blinman and Robyn Styles were recognised for years of service by their community and inducted into the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. Here are their stories (you can nominate your hidden treasure at 2018 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll)
Vicki was born in Warren and grew up around the Oak Flats and Shellharbour areas before moving to Manilla.
Vicki is a volunteer for the NSW State Emergency Service, following in her father’s footsteps.
She has been a member for more than 15 years and performs the dual roles of Tamworth Regional Local Controller and Manilla Unit Controller.
She has received her 15-year NSW SES long service award and national medal in recognition of her distinguished service.
Vicki volunteers around 20 hours a week at her unit and is a senior member of the region training team, often travelling to different units on weekends to assist with developing new members. Vicki is a dedicated and passionate volunteer with a driven focus for helping people in need during times of crisis and developing fellow volunteers through training and support.
Through her leadership and drive she is responsible for increasing the number of volunteers at the Manilla Unit, which in contrast to many country units, has a strong youth representation.
Vicki is also the current secretary of the Manilla and District Country Music Association, a position she has held for the past 15 years. This association look to promote country music and assist artists to develop their craft.
Robyn was born in Boorowa and grew up in the Taree area before moving to Tambar Springs in 2000. A carer for her late husband, Robyn has now retired but continues her volunteering passion.
She is a dedicated and passionate volunteer who has volunteered since she was 14 across many different organisations. Robyn currently volunteers for the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).
She has been a volunteer with the NSW SES for more than 15 years and performs dual roles as the deputy unit controller and training officer for the Tambar Springs unit.
She has also received a 15-year SES long service award. Robyn volunteers around 20 to 25 hours a week at her unit. She is always willing to travel to assist other units and regions around the state when natural disasters occur.
Robyn joined the NSW RFS in 2014 as a volunteer firefighter and she is also the brigade’s call out officer. Her outstanding achievement is her dedication and skill to the role as a community first responder (CFR). This role provides medical assistance until paramedics arrive from Gunnedah or other larger towns.
Robyn is often called out to perform this role two to three times a week and will always be the one who turns out no matter what time of day. She uses her passion and dedication to ensure the unit remains one of the most capable CFR units in the state.
The Hidden Treasures Honour Roll was developed to improve recognition of the important role women volunteers play within NSW rural communities and acknowledge them.
Do you know a woman in your community that is worthy of recognition? You can nominate her at 2018 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.
Nominations close Monday 30 July 2018.