LYN THOMPSON OAM: SHELLHARBOUR’S 2020 LOCAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
The Member for Shellharbour was today delighted to announce Mrs Lyn Thompson OAM has been named Shellharbour’s 2020 Local Woman of the Year.
Mrs Thompson is the President of the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary and has been involved with the Auxiliary since its inception in 1986, when Shellharbour Hospital first opened.
Through her volunteer work and fundraising, Mrs Thompson has been instrumental in helping the Auxiliary donate over $1 million worth of equipment to Shellharbour Hospital.
Back in 1986, four months after the Auxiliary was established they purchased the first piece of equipment for the hospital: a television set worth $530. Most recently, the Auxiliary purchased a $38,500 portable ventilator for Shellharbour Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Mrs Thompson first started voluntary work in 1980, helping her mother-in-law with the trolley service at Port Kembla Hospital.
She is a Foundation Member of the Shellharbour Hospital Auxiliary and when the Hospital opened in 1986, she started a similar trolley service which still operates to this day. They also hold regular book and craft stalls, as well as raffles. All of the funds raised go towards the purchase of vital equipment for Shellharbour Hospital.
In 2018, Mrs Thompson was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to the Auxiliary and the Shellharbour community. In 2011, she was named Shellharbour’s Citizen of the Year and has also been awarded life membership of the United Hospital Auxiliaries (UHA) NSW and the Shellharbour branch of the UHA.
“Lyn is an outstanding example of selflessness in our community. She has dedicated countless hours of her life to improving Shellharbour Hospital and brightening the lives of patients,” said Ms Watson.
“Thousands of local residents have been touched by the generosity and dedication of Mrs Thompson over the last thirty-four years, and beyond.”
“I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for recognition in our community. On behalf of the people of Shellharbour I would like to say thank you and congratulations again to our 2020 Local Woman of the Year, Mrs Lyn Thompson OAM.”