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Berrigan's hidden treasure

Berrigan woman celebrated for dedication to community.

HANNAH NICHOLS November 14, 2012 4:20am

Berrigan’s Marnie Steer (pictured) has been revealed as a true ‘Hidden Treasure’ of the community.

Mrs Steer was recently nominated and received recognition for her contributions to the community in the ‘Hidden Treasures Honour Roll 2012’, celebrating women volunteers who give so much to their rural communities.

The 2012 Hidden Treasure Honour Roll recognised 126 women from regional NSW who have contributed to the social wellbeing of the community through voluntary activities.

Mrs Steer said she was quite humbled to have been recognised in the honour roll.

‘‘I received a letter in October saying I was in the Honour Roll, but I had known a couple months beforehand,’’ she said.

‘‘Marion (Dickins) had told me about it and had asked me would I mind if she nominated me.’’

Mrs Steer was born in Cobram and moved to the local community as a four year-old. She said her community spirit was passed on through her parents.

‘‘Mum and dad were keen community members and it rubs off,’’ she said.

‘‘I enjoy taking part in the community.

‘‘It was nice to be recognised.’’

The humble Mrs Steer was quite proud to receive the honour, but also wanted to mention the many others who do terrific work for the community.

In nominating her friend for the award, Mrs Dickins said Mrs Steer had devoted her whole life to her family and community.

Following graduation from Finley High School, Mrs Steer became a librarian and still uses the skills she learned in the profession today.

She married Barry and they lived on a mixed farm, raising their family and serving on Primary and High School Committees.

Mrs Steer is also a talented musician and successful artist, having had many exhibitions.

She has been a member of the Finley Arts Club for many years and recently won an award at the State Country Women’s Association conference for best miniature art work.

All her life, Mrs Steer has been involved with the Finley and Berrigan communities through the Country Women’s Association (holding executive positions), the Red Cross (executive and State Council positions), Church Fellowship and the Church Council.

She has been the Church organist for more than 50 years.

Mrs Steer has also been involved in Berrigan United Hospital Auxiliary, Finley Probus, Berrigan Museum and Heritage Committee.

‘‘Marnie is a quiet achiever and tireless worker,’’ the nomination read.

‘‘She is an exceptional leader, a woman of strong Christian values and has mentored many.’’

Nominations for the 2013 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll open in May next year, and can be made by contacting the DPI Rural Women’s Network by email or phone, 0263913620.

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