Known to like a challenge and with an optimistic attitude to boot, Gin Gin resident Glennis Goodman says “I try to not let much beat me.”
Born in New Zealand in the 1940s, Glennis Goodman crossed the ditch to start her life in Australia at the age of 16.
She purchased land in the town of Boonah, the Scenic Rim, having made the big move for job security.
She studied nursing and excelled in her career, taking on the esteemed role of Director of Nursing at Gin Gin Hospital and Bundaberg Base Hospital between 1974 to 2003.
In 1976 she was honoured as “Queensland Nurse of the Year”.
Glennis continues to give back to her community in many ways and her efforts have been highlighted in Bundaberg Regional Council's Our People Our stories project.
The initiative aims to bring people together through a connection to community, just like what Glennis has established within Gin Gin.
“You do things because you like helping your community and keeping it together, without expecting anything in return”, she said.
Glennis has been a patron of Wallaville State School for the last 20 years, ensuring the school has a voice in the community.
Her work with QCWA develops women in leadership roles and helps them to upskill and take on other roles.
“There is more to it than tea and bickies,” she said.
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Glennis holds many other positions within the community including Chairperson of the Community Reference Group for Wide Bay Health Service and the Hospital Auxiliary.
After retirement, Glennis’ farmer husband suggested they should volunteer for Meals on Wheels and she now devotes her time delivering meals to residents in Gin Gin and surrounding areas.
“There are two town runs, a country run, a service run to Mt Perry and a frozen pick up service from the hospital,” she said.
“I don’t expect anything in return, I try hard to help people.
“Take it slow and you can enjoy your work and the outcomes, and then you will find it more rewarding.”