Trish Mears ran a tight ship as MC at the Bundaberg Business Awards but was momentarily speechless when given a lifetime achievement award.
Trish introduced Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce president Yale Morgan to present the achievement award and watched on as it became increasingly apparent that he was talking about her.
Trish is well known as a contributor to many community groups and last year was asked to welcome His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Bundaberg.
Yale described her prolific community and business engagement as including the social media following of 1685 groups, individuals and organisations.
“She's not only active in the business community but also the Catholic Church, assisting where needed with families and community outreach,” he said.
“Trish also sits on many boards and committees including Rural Medical School, CQUniversity community reference group, Playhouse Theatre, Red Collar Rescue and Moore Park Beach community reference group … Bundaberg CBD revitalisation reference group, multiple women's groups and she's a champion for women's causes in the Bundaberg community.
“There is a lot more, but Trish is so humble it's very difficult to find out exactly what she is involved in.”
Or he might have said it's easier to list what she's not involved with!
Warm applause for Trish Mears award
Yale said Trish is a Rotary Paul Harris fellow and for many years was an integral part of the chamber.
“Her motivation in life is to help others, mentoring staff, delivering community services, her work as a marriage celebrant, talents as an actor, singer, writer and in the daily posts if you follow her on Facebook, all with a message of life, love, hope and encouragement.”
Called to accept the award to warm applause, Trish said she's not speechless very often.
“I don't know what to say,” she said.
“Everything I've done in the Bundaberg community is because I've liked it.
“You have to do things because you enjoy them. Each one of those things I'm involved in I get so much enjoyment from, and the connections and the friendships that I've gained are just priceless.”
Trish said Bundaberg is a wonderful, welcoming community.
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