ONE of Dunkeld’s oldest living treasures says receiving a statewide award for her dedication to the community is recognition of the work that all volunteers do.
Barbara Dohle, 85, said she felt the award was undeserved and she accepted it on behalf of people who did unpaid work.
“Dunkeld is a dear little town,” she said.
“Nearly everything that is done is volunteer work. It’s not me, it’s for everyone else.”
Mrs Dohle received a Council on the Ageing senior achiever award during the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards at Government House.
She continues to work as the garden curator at the Dunkeld Museum, volunteers on the museum roster and is a member of the Dunkeld Red Cross, Dunkeld CFA, Dunkeld Arboretum Development Group, Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre, Dunkeld Gardening Group, Dunkeld Progress Association and the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society.
She is also a friend of the Dunkeld Consolidated School’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.
Mrs Dohle grew up the land and later ran a farm with her husband for 40 years near Dunkeld.
“I’ve always been an outdoors person,” she said.
“I walk everywhere I go. To me a house is where you eat and sleep.
“I don’t stay in it. I get out and about.”
She continues to help with the CFA but said she “may be getting a bit old for that”.
“I’d rather be out there and a part of the action,” she said.
“It’s up to locals to see what needs doing and going and doing it. And long may it last.”
Dunkeld Museum’s assistant secretary Terrie Nicholson said Mrs Dohle was a worthy award recipient.
She said Mrs Dohle worked tirelessly as a volunteer for Dunkeld, without expecting accolades or recognition and was a valued and respected member of the community.
Minister for Ageing David Davis presented Mrs Dohle with her award and she was joined by her three daughters who’d travelled from three different states to celebrate the occasion.
Mrs Dohle was one of 14 seniors recognised at the ceremony.