OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Myles never sought the limelight for her volunteering work.
OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT: Margaret Myles never sought the limelight for her volunteering work. Jack Lawrie

Humility in the face of recognition

MARGE Myles didn't want the limelight for her Australia Day volunteer of the year award.

She was grateful to accept, but didn't stay for a speech.

"It's our generation; we're just there to make ourselves feel worthwhile and support the community,”Mrs Myles said.

Since the age of 16, Mrs Myles has been volunteering in the Monto and Kalpowar communities and continues to play an active role in many volunteer organisations to this

day.

Mrs Myles has been an active member of QCWA since then and is currently the vice-president of the Monto-Bancroft branch.

This year, she was recognised with her 60 year badge for her continual involvement in the organisation.

During this time Mrs Myles has held many positions but more importantly, has always been the member who can be relied upon to help at a cake stall, nurse a crying baby or offer words of support to other members.

Mrs Myles was also awarded the QCWA Quiet Achiever badge in recognition of the fact that she quietly goes about doing her bit for the organisation and the community.

Throughout her life, Mrs Myles and her husband Ken were active members of the Kalpowar community.

They owned a butcher shop for many years, which Mrs Myles ran by herself while Ken was out in the plantation cutting

timber.

This even included hauling the slaughtered, quartered beasts out of the meat wagon while very pregnant.

Mrs Myles was also a very active member of the Kalpowar hall committee for approximately 50 years.

She organised dances, mock deb balls and other events to raise money for the Kalpowar Hall.

Both have been active helpers with organising and setting up at the Montonians dinners over many years.

She is still helping to this day and can usually be found organising the table at the door and the raffles.

Mrs Myles enjoys a game of bowls and is an important member of the Monto Bowls Club.

She has held many positions in the club over the years including president.

Despite her knee problems, she continues to be an active member in the club whenever she can.

Perhaps Mrs Myles' greatest achievement is the wonderful family she and Ken shared.


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