|Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia - 10 October 2012|
For 5 years my mother (Beryl) and I have been volunteering for a children's organisation called AWCH (Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare). Beryl makes cookies every week for the office staff and I assist with administration jobs.
Last Wednesday AWCH celebrated the 25th Anniversary of one of it's programs called The Ward Grandparents Scheme. This was hosted by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, at Admiralty House in Kirribilli, Sydney with an afternoon tea. Her Excellency was AWCH's first national president.
As you could imagine Beryl was over the moon and I was too, at the thought of meeting this lovely lady. And Quentin did not disappoint, she lived up to her reputation of the most elegant lady in Australia. A lady who was genuinely interested in each person she spoke to.
Beryl has had an exciting year this year, she turned 90 in March and received many letters of congratulation including the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard; the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir; Members of Parliament and Senators. Meeting the Governor-General was the icing on the cake.
|Beryl was chosen by Ms Bryce to stand next to her in the group photo. (Beryl is in the purple outfit).|
|Beryl and I in the front row with two other office volunteers.|
|View from Admiralty House, Kirribilli, Sydney|