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Member of the Year Announced - Congratulations Lisa Edmonds

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) is pleased to announce Lisa Edmonds from East Ballina as their ‘Member of the Year’.

Described as “inspirational” by her peers, Lisa is the Administrative Officer at Northern Rivers Zone Fire Control Centre. Lisa joined the RFSA so she could be of more assistance to RFS volunteers and was the inaugural RFSA Branch Secretary, Northern Rivers. She currently holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer for RFSA Division 1 which serves the Richmond Valley, Tweed, Kyogle, Byron, Lismore and Ballina regions.

An influential Member, Lisa is always willing to share her knowledge and help her colleagues whether that is by ensuring access to information or simply just being there for assistance.

“Lisa has worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running and advancement of the RFSA in her Division and always contributes in the best interest of Members,” said RFSA President Tim Arnott.

“She has made exceptional contributions to the Association's programme and projects throughout 2013, making her a deserved ‘Member of the Year’.”

Lisa said she was stunned to be announced and was most excited her husband was there to see her awarded. “It was wonderful for my husband to be able to see the Association and now he knows and understands why I am so passionate about the RFSA,” she said.

As part of the recognition, Lisa was awarded attendance to a relevant national or international conference, an opportunity she was most thrilled about. She said being chosen as ‘Member of the Year’ was a huge honour and downplayed her achievement as simply “just doing my job.”

She said the support and services of the RFSA were excellent and singled out the Volunteers’ Family Days as one of the most enjoyable. “It’s great for morale building and, in general, the community don’t realise the cost and sacrifice associated with volunteering. These days are a great visual representation and source of information which, in turn, builds community support for the volunteers.”

Lisa was presented with the award at a ceremony after the Association’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21st June 2014 at Parramatta.