Volunteer acknowledged for 40 years of service
MEMBER for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has officially presented Gloria Fleming of Nanango with a special certificate for achieving 40 years as a Justice of the Peace.
Mrs Fleming said originally began her career as a JP after Deputy Premier at the time, Bill Dunn knocked on her door and invited her to nominate.
"I remember I got a big surprise when the deputy premier knocked on my door but I accepted his invitation,” she said.
The long time JP and marriage celebrant for nearly 30 years, said the busiest time she experienced as a JP came after the new gun laws were introduced to Australia after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
Nanango born and raised, Mrs Fleming and her husband of 52 years have both owned businesses in the South Burnett and these days they enjoy travelling to Brisbane regularly to see their grandchildren.
Mrs Frecklington presented the award to Mrs Fleming to recognise the milestone and the many years of service she has volunteered in her JP role.
"I think it is so important that we recognise local JPs, like Gloria, who dedicate so much of their time to supporting members of the community when they need help with documents at often those very important moments of their life,” she said.
"JPs are the quiet achievers, whose role often goes unnoticed, but we all rely on them for guidance and assistance throughout our life.”
"I'd like to congratulate Gloria on achieving this milestone and thank her for her continuing service to our community.”
Mrs Fleming had no thoughts of slowing down in her role and she encouraged others to follow in her footsteps.
"If you are interested in getting involved I think you should,” she said.
"I have met some really interesting people.”