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Valma (Fay) Reeve

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Valma Reeve

Awarded for service to the Community

Born: 1928

Entered on roll: 2005

Born in Burnie, Fay Reeve attended Tewkesbury, Ridgley, Seabrook and Wynyard Schools. She married in 1947 and had three children, a son and two daughters. Fay was an active member of the Parent and Friends committees of the Boat Harbour Area School for 22 years, maintaining her involvement with the school for a further nine years after her last child had finished at the school.

In 1962, Fay formed the First Boat Harbour Girl Guide Company. In 1972, she was appointed for a five-year term as District Commissioner for Wynyard and Boat Harbour. In 1980, Fay was appointed as Divisional Commissioner with responsibility for the Penguin to Smithton region of the North West and the West Coasts. She served seven years in this role, attending monthly meetings in Hobart and Launceston.

Fay joined the St John Ambulance Brigade in 1965 and has held an Instructor’s Certificate since 1967. She has fulfilled many public duty requests, taken part in State and National competitions and undertaken an extensive range of administrative and fundraising roles. Fay was a member of the State Training Team from 1981-87. She was admitted to the Order as a Serving Sister in 1973. In 1976, she was the first Tasmanian woman to win an individual National title in the National Competitions.

Fay was appointed as the Brigade’s Divisional Secretary in 1980 and promoted to Divisional Superintendent in 1983. In 1983, she was part of a group that successfully lobbied the Waratah-Wynyard Council to secure a former school building for use as a community centre and to provide a permanent base for the division. She and her husband undertook the necessary restoration work and the centre opened in 1984. Fay was promoted to Officer Sister in 1985. She served as Divisional Treasurer from 1988 until 2004. Fay was promoted to Commander Sister in 1994 and to Dame of Grace in 1999.

Fay was a member of the North West Regional Hospital Board from 1981-84. After her retirement from the St John Ambulance Brigade, she served as Chair of the Wynyard Tulip Festival for five years.

Fay is currently a committee member of the National St John Ambulance Historical Society. She also volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre at Wynyard and recently joined the School for Seniors in Burnie.

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