Distinguished Service Award for Nambucca Valley Red Cross’ Mary Ball

Mary Ball has been recognised with a Distinguished Services Medal by the Red Cross, pictured here with Lesley Smith.

MARY Ball from the Nambucca Valley Red Cross Emergency Services Team has recently been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Services Medal by the Red Cross.

Mary, who received the award in recognition of her role as Team Leader, was one of only four recipients afforded this honour.

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“Upon taking on this role, she attended many hours of training to reach the level of proficiency required,” said Adele McCollom, Nambucca Valley Red Cross Emergency Services.

“She is now a qualified trainer for Red Cross and has been responsible for building a team of highly trained volunteers who are recognised as a valued and respected unit.

“She is passionate about preparedness and has been instrumental in implementing with team members a number of events to prepare community members for any emergency.”

During the 2019/20 fires and the March 2022 floods, Mary coordinated rosters for her team at both Evacuation and Recovery Centres in the Mid North Coast region, a task requiring a high level of organisational skills over a period of several months.

Lesley Smith, a well-known member of Red Cross, presented Mary with her medal and citation at a recent team meeting.

All team members were delighted that Mary’s time and commitment to her role as Team Leader during that period has been recognised and acknowledged.

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