IN CELEBRATION of National Carers Week, three NSW Local Carer Awards have been presented to recipients in Coffs Harbour.
Barbara Bale, Aunty Sue Hoskins and Yvonne Quadros have been recognised for the important roles they play in improving the lives of others.
Mrs Quadros is a single mother and primary carer for her son, who suffers a mental illness.
She founded the Mental Health Support Group in 2005 and has served as its co-ordinator.
Aunty Sue recently cared for her son who had pneumonia prior to his death last year of a cerebral haemorrhage.
She now cares for her grandson Alex, 15, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and development delay.
While raising her seven children she has also helped to care for a foster brother and cousin who had development delays.
Aunty Sue Hoskins worked as an Aboriginal education assistant.
She has also held office on the local Aboriginal Lands Council and been a board member of Aboriginal Family Care for 20 years, while also serving on the advisory committee for Far North Coast DoCs for two years.
Mrs Bales has also cared for her 39-year-old son, Scott, who has hydrocephalus, a blockage of the cerebro spinal fluid.
He requires constant care and complications are common.
In Mrs Bale’s nomination her son Scott included a four-page letter in support of his mum’s nomination.
“It is my absolute honour to be able to personally say thank you to these outstanding ladies, all of whom have made significant sacrifices in their lives to care for others,” member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said.
“National Carers Week, which is being held from October 17 to 23, is a celebration of carers and their contribution to the lives of the people they care for and to the wider community.”