Peg is our Woman of the Year
By JULIA ILES
PEG Mavin's face was frozen in shock as she was announced as the Clarence electorate's Woman of the Year.
"I couldn't believe it, just listening to the accomplishments of the other women made me feel like there were many more worthy people than me," the charity worker and owner of the Clothes Peg boutique said.
But Clarence MP Steve Cansdell, who made the final decision, disagreed.
"There was a strong field as you would expect, but Peg's legendary fundraising record made her a standout for the award. 2006 is the National Year of Community and Peg certainly has outstanding credentials in community service," Mr Cansdell said.
"Peg was a major player in raising funds for the victims of the tsunami, the total amount raised for the disaster for $1million and she donated $15,000 worth of goods from her own shop."
He said that in addition she raised $300,000 for Jacaranda, $46,000 for the aged hostel at Woolgoolga, $10,000 for the New Guinea appeal and $4000 for the Child Flight Helicopter.
When it comes to charity work Ms Mavin said: "I feel like the man upstairs just gives me a nod and I go out and do it."
There were 20 women nominated for Woman of the Year in a ranging field of accomplishments.
From Fran McKenna-Williams who was nominated by her 12-year-old daughter Maddison for her work with children with disabilities, to Denise Whalan who had donated blood 115 times, to Pauline Jackson and her work to save an endangered emu.
The presentation was held at the Grafton Services Bowling Club and each nominee was presented with roses and a certificate.
Mr Cansdell said Ms Maven was invited to Sydney for a reception where she will meet the Premier and receive a small gift certificate.