Tireless Alba just doesn't know when to stop
ALBA Linklater's work for the Grafton United Hospital Auxiliary is the definition of tireless. So much so that she couldn't even take the day off from working at the op-shop to celebrate winning the title of Clarence Woman of the Year.
"The award was at 10am, and when it was all over I went back to doing what I normally do," she said.
The op-shop at Grafton Base Hospital where Mrs Linklater works is just one of the projects the Grafton UHA president has established over her 11 years in the role to raise funds for the auxiliary.
Mrs Linklater said this was the biggest award she has received, and was proud to be recognised for her work.
"It just says thank you for what I'm doing, which really means a lot," he said.
"I am honoured, to be acknowledged for something I love doing."
Mrs Linklater will travel to Sydney next week to attend the NSW Women of the Year awards at Parliament House, with flights to the ceremony donated by Rex Airlines.
She has volunteered across the Clarence Valley since moving to Tucabia from Sydney 22 years ago, and has loved the work she has done helping raise money for essential hospital equipment.
"The ladies I work with are great, we're like a little family," she said.
"When you see what it does for the public, and the patients in the hospital, it's very rewarding. The patients in the hospital are so grateful for the funds we raise, and so are the nurses and doctors."
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said Mrs Linklater has done an extraordinary job volunteering for the Grafton UHA.
"Alba has the respect of her team of hardworking volunteers and under her leadership has raised substantial funds for vital equipment for the hospital including a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine."