Logan’s unsung heroes honoured
Published: 26 January 2016
Quota Beenleigh president Heather Christensen is the City of Logan’s Citizen of the Year, while long serving St Vincent de Paul volunteer Fay O’Toole has received the Mayor’s Spirit of Logan Award.
Logan Mayor Pam Parker praised the women, who were recognised at today’s 2016 City of Logan Australia Day Awards at the Logan Entertainment Centre, for their selfless service to the community.
''We come together on Australia Day to celebrate what's great about our country and being Australian — and we have so much to be proud of here in Logan," she said.
“We are lucky enough to have many unsung community heroes like Heather and Fay who are helping people in need.
"Their tireless efforts are both inspiring and humbling, and they have helped make Logan the thriving and diverse city it is today.”
Ms Christensen has been a member of Quota Beenleigh for 23 years, including four as treasurer and five as president. She is also the club’s publicity officer and has convened the Quota Beenleigh City of Logan Eisteddfod for eight years.
Ms Christensen mentors members of Junior Quota Clubs at Beenleigh, Loganlea and Windaroo Valley high schools and is an active member of the Beenleigh Yatala Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Ms O’Toole has been an active volunteer with the St Patrick’s Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 27 years, serving three terms as president and helping many people in need. She has also been an active member of St Patrick’s Parish for many years.
While Ms Christensen and Ms O’Toole are today being recognised for extraordinary service to the Logan community, Mayor Parker says everyone can make a difference to the lives of those around them.
“Sometimes it is the small contributions that can make all the difference,” she said.
"Whatever their achievements, big or small, I am so incredibly proud of our residents who make Logan sucha great place to live."