Seniors Week award winner Barbara Fahey relaxes by the Clarence River at her Grafton home yesterday.
Seniors Week award winner Barbara Fahey relaxes by the Clarence River at her Grafton home yesterday.

Modesty becomes her after a lifetime of learning

By JULIA ILES

BARBARA FAHEY wanted to shun the spotlight when The Daily Examiner contacted her about winning a NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award.

"Make sure you keep the article cool," she said with a smile while sitting on a wooden bench, overlooking the Clarence River.

Mrs Fahey won the Education/Lifelong Learning category after being selected from 65 nominees. The former school teacher has an impressive resume, including 40 years of teaching and efforts to protect rainforests and raise awareness of Aboriginal communities managing natural resources.

"I couldn't believe it and felt like there were so many more deserving people," she said.

But the thing the 71-year-old Grafton resident holds closest to her heart is her family, made up of six children, 12 grandchildren ? two of whom were born in the last six months ? and husband John.

"I am a nature lover, but family for me is the most special thing," Mrs Fahey said.

She travelled to Sydney for the ceremony, which was held at the Sydney Town Hall on Monday. The ceremony was followed by the 2006 Premier's Seniors Week Gala Concert, which Mrs Fahey said was 'just wonderful'.

The awards were part of Seniors Week which is on from April 2-9.



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