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Pam Simpson awarded OAM

Pam Simpson now has OAM after her name in recognition of her many years of service to the Bourke community. PHOTO TWH

Bourke CWA leader, and 2021 Bourke Citizen of the Year, Pam Simpson, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Honours List.

Mrs Simpson has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Bourke community.

Pam said she was honoured and very surprised to have been recognised with one of the highest awards in the nation and still doesn’t know who nominated her.

“I would never ever have expected this, it was a terrific surprise. It is a delightful thrill,” Pam said.

The hardest part of the lead up to Australia Day was keeping the nomination a secret.

“I was asked to remain completely silent about it and not tell anyone about it. It could not become known until the 26th of January” Pam said.

“It was hard to keep it a secret, but I did tell my husband Neville.

“Unfortunately, on Australia Day I wasn’t well enough to go to town and be among the people of Bourke. I still don’t know how it came about but I was Citizen of the Year last year and I think it came about because of that. I would love to know who nominated me so I could thank them.

“I don’t know that it has sunk in yet, and I haven’t written it down next to my name to try it out.

“And Neville has been making a joke about having to walk two paces behind me! {…}

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