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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 20 July 1934
Entered on roll: 2015
Janet Symons was born in Hobart and has been actively involved in the Huon community for over 50 years in addition to raising four children and caring for a husband with ill-health.
Janet’s willingness to fill a variety of roles in a range of community organisations has made a significant difference to lives throughout the Huon Valley and resulted in Janet receiving the Huon Council Special Service Award and the Rotary Club of Huon Community Award.
A commitment to ensuring that no person is left without assistance has meant that Janet has given long-term support to a range of organisations. She has been a Huon Show Society Steward for over 34 years and is currently in her 18th year as Secretary of the Ladies Committee. She has been involved with the Lower Longley Hall Committee for 36 years, including 32 years as Secretary. She was also Secretary of the Huon Art Exhibition for 25 years, Secretary and President of the Mountain River CWA for 25 years, and is currently President of the Lucaston CWA branch.
Janet has chosen to serve on the board of organisations in her community that deliver direct care including with Huon Eldercare for 26 years and the Huon District Hospital for 14 years.
Supporting children has also been important to Janet. She was President, Secretary and Treasurer for the Huon Child Health Association for 10 years, was Secretary of the Revellers Basketball Club and assisted numerous school and club activities.
Janet has also served as Secretary for five years with the Huon Sub Regional Council for Social Development, the Southern Tasmanian Licence Anglers Association and the Huon Toastmistress Club.
A number of organisations have also made Janet a Life Member including Huon Eldercare, the Huon Show Society and the Huon Delta Club, where Janet served for 15 years as President, Secretary and Treasurer.