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Awarded for service to the Community
Died: 17 August 2018
Entered on roll: 2005
There are many people who have done far greater things than what I have done. I’ve always believed that your talents and gifts are meant to be used for the benefit of each other. (Bev 1996)
Bev Twibell was born in Launceston and educated at North Motton and Ulverstone Primary Schools. She married in 1940 and had three children, two daughters and a son.
Bev was involved in a number of campaigns to improve facilities in East Devonport. In the 1950s, she was secretary of the East Devonport Pre-School Committee, which successfully lobbied for a pre-school, and secretary of the East Devonport Mothers Club for five years, pushing for the establishment of a Baby Health Clinic for the area.
Bev was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Don Memorial Hall Committee and for many years organised regular dances, raising more than $70,000 in aid of charitable organisations and causes including Lifeline, Roland Children’s Home, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Wesley Church, Multiple Sclerosis and Cystic Fibrosis.
In 1991, Bev decided to dedicate her fundraising efforts to the Tasmanian Sudden Infant Death Society (SIDS) Tasmania. She won the Mrs Tasmania High Achiever Award for 1992, having raised more than $35,000. She went on to win the SIDS Fundraiser of the Year title in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002, raising more than $80,000 in eight years.
Bev was also a publicity officer for the Devonport Organic Gardening and Farming Society, secretary of the Devonport Field Naturalist’s Club, a member and secretary for five years of the Lapidary Club and member of the North West Walking Club. She was a member of the Devonport Technical College Council for 20 years. In 1999, Bev was secretary of a committee that raised $22,000 in two years to restore the pipe organ at the Devonport Uniting Church.
Bev organised the Bride of the Year for over 10 years, with money raised at the event going to research into childhood diseases. She was the vice president of the Senior Citizens Club in Devonport, secretary of Meercroft Home Auxiliary and secretary of the Don Indoor Bowls Club.
In 1996, Bev was awarded Devonport’s Citizen of the Year Award. She received recognition during the International Year of the Volunteer (2001) and received a Tasmanian Day Award in 2002. In 2006 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to the community.