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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 23 December 1959
Entered on roll: 2006
Donna Cowen is known as the ‘Queen of Goodwood’ due to her tireless community work. She is president of the Goodwood Community Centre and successfully runs many programs through the Centre. Through her enthusiasm and drive, the Centre has developed strong links and partnerships with the Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania Police, the Goodwood Neighbourhood Watch, local businesses and the community in general.
She actively assists in planning and preparing meals for senior members of the community who attend the Centre and ensures many community-based organisations regularly use the Centre.
Donna was one of the first people to volunteer her services to assist in the development of the Goodwood Together Group. The Group was established in 2004 to work in close association with other Goodwood organisations to help build a stronger community.
Donna is the coordinator of Goodwood Neighbourhood Watch and works to promote crime prevention. She also works with a number of agencies including Tasmania Police and local businesses on strategies to make the community a safer place to work, live and play.
Donna has also been involved with the Goodwood Community Precinct, holding the positions of convenor and acting convenor and her skills in drawing the community together led to the precinct becoming one of the most active in Glenorchy.
Donna is very active in the youth movement, in particular supporting the Goodwood Youth Taskforce. She actively assists in planning events such as youth discos, quiz nights and the painting of murals. Her support and belief in young people has resulted in the Goodwood Youth Taskforce becoming one of the most successful youth taskforces within the Glenorchy City Council’s Youth Participation Program.
Donna was recently made a Life member of the Goodwood Parents and Friends Association for her longstanding commitment to the students of Goodwood Primary School and is currently heavily involved in organising fundraising activities for the school.
In 2004, Donna was awarded the Glenorchy Citizen of the Year and in 2005 she was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by Tasmania Police in the Tasmanian Crime Prevention and Community Safety Awards.