Top award for scouts’ Brolga

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Award celebration: Leader of the 1st Hastings Scout Group Janice “Brolga” Danaher with her many admirers before cutting the cake to celebrate her award for beinbg involved with the scouting movement for 60 years. Picture: Supplied

LONG time leader of the 1st Hastings Scout Group, Janice “Brolga” Danaher, has received one of only five chief commissioners’ awards in recognition of 60 years of service to scouting.

Ms Danaher started as an assistant lady cubmaster with the 2nd Hastings Immaculate Conception Scout Group in 1957. When the group went into recession in 1962, she continued as lady cubmaster with 1st Hastings Scout Group until becoming group leader in 1979, a title she has held aver since.

“Known by scouts as Brolga, Janice is always a reassuring presence, whether at the hall or by the campfire, where her voice often leads the chorus,” assistant cub scout leader Rhydian Clarke said.

“Her selflessness and dedication is as impactful on the young scouts as her vast knowledge of practical skills; a leader by example, Janice can always be found volunteering where she is needed.”

For her services scouting Ms Danaher has previously received the medal of merit plus bar, and the silver emu.

“Janice is a highly engaged member of the local community, part of the Immaculate Conception Parish Hastings, the St Mary’s theatre, youth and church choir groups, and a life member of Hastings Tennis Club,” Mr Clarke said.

“Her generous nature and volunteer efforts have earned her the title of citizen of the year for the [former] Shire of Hastings in 1988, and the medal of the order of Australia (OAM) in 2007.

“When asked about her community spirit, Janice replied that her parents and family volunteered in the community, and it was ‘just what you did’ – a sentiment that she has imparted to generations of young people in the area.”

First published in the Western Port News – 12 September 2017

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