A KERANG woman honoured for service to her community believes that a passion to assist others is her motivation for volunteering.
Glyndia Gee, who has been involved in community activities for the past three decades, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day.
"I am passionate about volunteering," she said.
"I like to help people."
Mrs Gee, 70 this week, finds time between working five shifts per fortnight as a registered nurse at Barham-Koondrook Soldiers Memorial Hospital to fulfil her work in the community.
She was named as Gannawarra Senior Citizen of the Year in 2017
Mrs Gee is best known for co-ordinating charity debutante balls since 1990.
She has also been a volunteer member of the Kerang unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service for 19 years and in late 2017 she became the first female appointed as the unit controller. Since then she has recruited 29 new members.
The young adults she has recruited to bolster the VSES unit ranks is a source of enormous pride and satisfaction.
Mrs Gee has previously been awarded the National Medal for diligent service with the emergency response organisation.
Her husband, Greg, has been a VSES member for 30 years. They have been married for 52 years and have three children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Mrs Gee has been Water Wonderland Debutante Ball co-ordinator since 1990. Two debutante balls have been staged annually since then and proceeds have been allocated to local charities.
She is a life member of the organising committee.
Earlier community roles included supporting highland dancing and art sections as a Kerang District Agricultural Society committee member, Kerang Karate Club secretary for a decade and the former Kerang Highland Dancing Society, which granted her life membership.
She was volunteer canteen manager at Kerang Christian College for six years and previously helped with canteen duties at St Joseph's Primary School and Kerang Technical High School.
Mrs Gee has also been a volunteer at the St Vincent de Paul opportunity shop for 15 years and is vice-chairman of the Kerang Community Centre neighbourhood house.
"I suppose I've always had a passion to help."