2007 Sawtellian of the Year, Lorraine White, being presented with the award by the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades.
2007 Sawtellian of the Year, Lorraine White, being presented with the award by the mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades.

Sunshine? one busy Sawtellian

By BELINDA F SCOTT

LORRAINE White, the 2007 Sawtellian of the Year, is a living embodiment of the dictum 'if you want something done, ask a busy person'.

The enthusiastic District Guide Leader for Sawtell, whose nickname is 'Sunshine', has presided over an explosion in the number of guides at Sawtell from seven three years ago to 70 today.

Along the way Mrs White and Sawtell Guides have won five awards for guiding recruitment from the adventure organisation for women and girls.

The busy 45-year-old working mother, who has been involved with guides since 1973, is also a familiar face not only at Sawtell schools, but at Coffs Coast equestrian events.

She was made a patron of Bonville Public School in 1999 for her dedication and commitment after serving as the school's uniform officer for 14 years and holding positions on the school council, P&C and canteen for nine years.

She was the vice-president of Toormina High School P&C and uniform committee, school council representative and equestrian team co-ordinator for five years.

In 2005, after her daughters, Sarah and Alicia, had both left school, she was asked to return to Toormina High as a community representative on the merit selection committee for staff.

She is currently president of the Toormina High School Council.

Mrs White has also held positions as secretary, canteen organiser, zone delegate and newsletter co-ordinator for Bellinger River Pony Club from 1992-2006.

Lorraine White fits in her busy program of volunteering around her equally busy working life as a partner with her husband, Wayne, in their business Essential Screens and Doors.

Receiving the trophy and a holiday package yesterday from the mayor of Coffs Harbour, Cr Keith Rhoades, she said she was proud and honoured to be named Sawtellian of the Year and the award had come as a surprise.

"It was nice to be nominated, let alone get it," she said.



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