Clarence community worker Daphne McPherson.
Clarence community worker Daphne McPherson.

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IT seems Order of Australia Medal recipient Daphne Jane McPherson underestimates the value of her volunteer work in the Lower River community.

Today, Ms McPherson will be formally recognised by the Governor-General of Australia for her service to the Yamba Sub-branch of the Returned Services League Women's Auxiliary and the Maclean and Lower Clarence Meals on Wheels service. The award recognises Ms McPherson's 30-year history of volunteer work with both organisations.

It was only recently the Yamba local received a letter advising her of her new OAM status.

"I got a letter and I thought 'oh gosh not me I don't do enough' and I just put it aside, I didn't think about it," she said.

"So many people do so much more than I do, I find it a bit embarrassing."

It seems Ms McPherson considers the support and friendship she has developed with other volunteers over the years the true reward of her work.

"My husband died last year and the support I've had from the people I've been involved with in voluntary work has been fantastic," she said.

"It really has ... I thought about going back to the Tweed and living there but I just couldn't leave this area now, I'm part of the community."

Ms McPherson was the secretary for the RSL

women's auxiliary for 14 years and at one time was senior vice-president. She has been a member since 1975.

She has been a volunteer deliverer for the Meals on Wheels service for 30 years and secretary of the local parents and citizens association.

Between these roles Ms McPherson also has managed to fit in time at her local library.

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