COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Congratulations Sharron Thomas

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I congratulate Sharron Thomas, who has been named a finalist in the rural category of the 2020 Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards. This year a record number of nominations were received and I understand that judges faced a huge challenge compiling their short lists in each category.

Sharron owns the Mother Goose Day Nursery, in Bolwarra. She has now chosen to cut back to three days per week to ensure she has the availability and flexibility to meet the needs of the four children in her care at home – three long-term foster children aged 16, 15 and 2, and her own son, who is 12. Sharron also has three grown sons and during the past three years has provided foster care to eight children aged from infancy to 8 years.

In addition to this mammoth commitment to mothering and caregiving, Sharron is renowned for collecting cans and raising funds for families in need at Christmas, and connecting families with service providers to ensure their access to support.

Sharron comes from a family that has always contributed to the community, and Maitland is grateful that she continues that tradition. Good luck in the Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards.