Valley duo make Aussie Who's Who

RECOGNITION for your effort in something is always appreciated.

Whether it is a pat on the back or someone saying 'thank you' it is always taken on board.

However, not many of us are given that recognition on a national scale.

Two Grafton Women have been nominated to be a part of the Who's Who of Australian Women publication in recognition for their efforts to the community.

The late Pat Cossio will be included in the publication because of her tireless efforts to make our community a better place.

Pat made many contributions during her life, primarily through the Red Cross.

She was also involved in a number of community volunteer organisations such as Meals on Wheels.

While Pat will be a part of the book, she has received numerous notable awards in the past.

In 1996, Pat was named the Grafton Australia Day Citizen of The Year; she has received an Order of Australia and the Red Cross Award because of her tireless efforts to better our community.

Jude McBean, the director of the Grafton Regional Gallery, is the second woman from the Grafton area to be nominated for the publication.

“In the last six or seven years that I have been at the Gallery I have put a fair amount of effort into strengthening the ties between the gallery and the community by showcasing artists from the region,” Jude said.

Jude has also ensured that all of the programs offered at the gallery are fully accessible by all members of the community.

She also aims to allow many local groups to exhibit.

“We try to support as many local art groups as possible.

“We have strong ties with the Grafton Art Club, the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts group, the Camera Club and the NSW Embroidery Guild,” she said.

While Jude loves supporting local artists, she takes pride in her support of aboriginal artists.

“I have a firm belief that people shouldn't have go to Alice Springs to see aboriginal art,” Jude said.

“The response we get when we showcase local aboriginal artists is special and we really do enjoy providing a support network and getting the work of up and coming artists out there in the public arena.”

“Our support of aboriginal art over the last 12 to 15 months has led to artists from the north coast being awarded national prizes,” she said.

“I am also very proud to give artists a platform to express their culture,” she said.

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