Lockhart’s Community Hero

Rose Lehmann’s dedication to giving back has endeared her to the Lockhart community who have nominated her for the NSW Woman of the Year Award – Community Hero category.Lockhart’s Rose Lehmann is one of just six finalists in the NSW Woman of the Year Awards in the People’s Choice – Community Hero category.

Rose was chosen from over 200 entrants by a judging panel led by the NSW Minister for Women, Pru Goward who said it was a tough task for the judging panel to select a shortlist.

“We had a very difficult job in selecting finalists because the calibre of nominations was so high.

“It was inspirational to read these extraordinary women’s stories and find out about the great work that they are doing throughout the state,” said Minister Goward.

Rose’s dedication to giving back has endeared her to the people of the Lockhart community who nominated her for this award.

Rose has volunteered for more than 60 years for various causes that make her beloved hometown of Lockhart a better place to be.

Born and raised in Lockhart, Rose is an enthusiastic and unassuming volunteer who has quietly worked for her community for six decades.

Described as a highly respected role model, Rose always honours her volunteering commitments with a smile, positive outlook and lots of energy.

She had a pivotal role in Lockhart’s success when it was voted winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Award for 2009/10.

When Lockhart played host to the 2010 awards Rose organised the spectacular street parade with a wool and wheat theme to showcase the town’s proud heritage.

As well as her proven track record in working on big projects for the town, Rose also takes care of the details. Not only was she the driving force behind the parade, she also made all of the table settings and gifts for the evening reception – not an easy task for more than 300 people.

As well as the planned events, Rose is also at the front of the queue to help people during unexpected circumstances – during the devastating floods earlier this year, Rose opened up her own home to a family who had lost everything, giving them food and shelter for a number of weeks until they were able to get back on their feet.

Always unassuming, Rose describes her help during the floods as “really just giving a family a warm bed and dry spot, something to eat, a shower and a bit of companionship. Helping in this way is what community spirit is all about.”

Her hard work and persistence has brought many visible improvements to the town. She helped with the background information for the funding applications for the Lockhart Grandstand and restoration of the main street and Men’s Shed.

The embodiment of community spirit, Rose has been involved in almost every Lockhart organisation at one time or another; from the CWA to the local school, the museum to the Arts Council.

Whether she’s organising Christmas calendars or recipe books to raise money, serving food in the school canteen or preserving Lockhart history, Rose is busy making things better for her community.

She was nominated for NSW Volunteer of the Year 2009/10 and Citizen of the Year in 2011.

The People’s Choice – Community Hero is chosen by the public and the community is urged to get behind this worthy nomination by voting for Rose online at www.womenoftheyear.nsw.gov.au One vote per email address.

Voting closes at midnight on Monday 14 May 2012. The winner will be announced by the Premier of NSW at a special reception on Thursday 24 May 2012.

The other five finalists in the Community Hero category are:

Jenny Armstrong from Marsfield – dedicated volunteer with Riding for the Disabled NSW.

Elsie Gordon from Dubbo – Murrawarri woman, teacher and advocate for domestic violence victims and women’s health.

Yvonne Keane from Kellyville – dedicated volunteer with Hear the Children and founder of Reach for the Rainbow.

Shirley Nelson from Byron Bay – founder of Feros Care Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation providing aged care.

Sheila Turnbull from Cessnock – advocate for women’s equality, passionate about helping women and girls to fulfil their potential.

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