Amanda rewarded for years of dedication

FAMILY: Lucindale's Citizen of the Year Amanda Carter, with her four children, Aden, Dominic, Rubin and Leo.
FAMILY: Lucindale's Citizen of the Year Amanda Carter, with her four children, Aden, Dominic, Rubin and Leo.

A Lucindale local who puts her family and the community first has been honoured with a prestige local award.

Amanda Carter has been named as Lucindale's Citizen of the Year for 2020, and it is well deserved.

She can often be found in a committee meeting, wearing her green uniform as a volunteer paramedic, running an event or cheering on her kids.

Lucindale born and bred, she has left the area to live in Mount Gambier and interstate, but she could never stay away, always coming back to the town she calls home.

She gives back her time generously to the town that she loves, and is a member of the Lucindale Area School Canteen Committee, The Women's and Children Hospital and Lucindale Community Economic Development Board.

She also manages the under 14s boys football team and school football and is a volunteer with the South Australian Ambulance Service.

"That brought out my love of helping people and caring for people, and I then went into nursing degree, so I am a registered nurse at the Naracoorte Hospital," she said.

"I am also a mum to four boys.

"I try to get involved in what my kids are doing - I love my parents, but growing up they were always working and I found I wanted to be there for my kids events, so I attend any assembly or event I can attend."

While she enjoys everything she does, she said a highlight of her is the annual Halloween fundraiser, which raises money for the school canteen and brings joy to the children of Lucindale.

"I love Halloween, I love dressing up,' she said.

"I might do more hours with the ambulance when the boys are grown - that's a big passion of mine.

In the past week, Amanda has dedicated her time to helping out with the bushfire recovery efforts.

While the award is well-deserved, Amanda remained humble.

"I don't even mean to put my hand up, but as the saying goes, if you want something done, ask a busy person.

"I just like helping people - it's not for reward or recognition, it's just how I am as a person.

"I was a bit shocked when I heard and I was a bit emotional, I don't feel like I have done enough.

"At the moment, I can't even explain how I feel, we have just been through something so major and there are a lot more people to be thanked, otherwise we wouldn't be able to be here to have this event at all.

"I feel overwhelmed - I am getting this award next week but there are so many people who can be thanked."

Amanda will be presented with the award in an Australia Day ceremony next Tuesday.