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Pam Simpson is Bourke Citizen of the Year

Bourke Citizen of the Year Pam Simpson with her husband Neville. Photo TWH

Bourke CWA leader Pam Simpson is the 2021 Bourke Citizen of the Year, announced at the Australia Day Ceremony at Darling Park in Bourke on Tuesday.

Each year, the Bourke Citizen of the year award goes to somebody who has made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Over many years, Pam has contributed to the welfare of Bourke residents. She has been an active member of the Anglican Church since her arrival in Bourke in the 1950’s. For over 50 years Pam has contributed to the life of the church.

Pam joined organisations such as Mother’s Union, the Anglican Women’s group and Christian Fellowship Ladies taking on executive positions in all these organisations.

In 1979 Pam joined Bourke Branch of CWA, soon became President, and had all the members so fired up that the branch began winning state awards, and she found herself on the state executive.

Pam has been a long-term contributor to the Bourke P&A Association, particularly in the pavilion. She has entered many prize-winning exhibits and has served as a steward. Pam regularly attended P&C meetings while her children were at school, worked at the school tuck shop for many years and continued to assist at the convent school canteen after her own children had left.

Pam holds an executive position on the Bourke CWA Evening Branch. In 2019 Pam and her colleagues catered for many events. They received many hampers and funding donations which were distributed to our drought affected farmers. This work was suspended in 2020 due to COVID, but as things improve Pam and her CWA team will be back.

Pam is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always finds time for others.

Many families in the Bourke district have been helped in some way by Pam through her long association with CWA and other groups.

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