Shirley Baldwin has been named Senior Citizen of the Year in the 2020 Bundaberg Regional Council Australia Day Awards.
Shirley Baldwin is a true local – living at South Kolan before she married in 1961 and moving into Bundaberg.
She worked as a merchandiser for Met Cash but it’s her community involvement that has been a hallmark of her life.
One of her greatest contributions to the community has been through her long and passionate involvement in the Country Women's Association (CWA) of Australia and the Bundaberg Show Society.
Shirley Baldwin joined the Hinkler CWA branch soon after it was formed in 1976, and she has been an active member ever since.
She has served as branch president or vice-president for more than 30 years.
Shirley’s cooking and floral art skills are legendary.
The Queensland CWA holds a state conference every year and Shirley has been to just about every one of them, winning countless major awards over the years, starting in 1980, when she won the best chocolate bar cake.
Shirley was a driving force behind the 2013 state conference in Bundaberg, which was a great success.
For the QCWA Burnett Division, Shirley has served more than 20 years as either floral art convenor or cooking convenor. Shirley has also served with great passion and commitment on the Queensland CWA cookery committee for at least 10 years.
Long involvement with CWA and Show Society
Mayor Jack Dempsey said some of Shirley Baldwin's greatest contributions to the community have been through her long and passionate involvement in the CWA and the Bundaberg Show Society.
“Shirley is a true local, giving time to CWA and many other organisations and events and we know in this modern day when time is so precious it's a valuable contributions from her,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“She is a very worthy recipient of Senior Citizen of the Year and she bakes the best cakes ever.”
In a lifetime of community service Shirley pinpointed a few highlights.
“Getting invited to Channel 9 in Brisbane to be on Brisbane Extra was a thrill,” she said.
“Cooking has been a huge part of my life, producing the Sister City cookbook and the ones through the News Mail, as well being an accredited cookery judge for the QCWA all over Queensland”.
Shirley said volunteering was something everyone should consider.
“You meet a lot of people and it widens your horizons on what goes on in the community.”
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