Bathurst MP Paul Toole has today announced the community volunteers acknowledged on the 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

This year’s Honour Role recognises 78 women for their valuable volunteer roles and the outstanding contribution they provide to local communities across NSW.


The local women listed on the Honour Roll include Sarah Boorer and Alison Shurmer who were nominated by Terisa Ashworth from the Bathurst Seymour Centre for their role in helping that organisation.

Mr Toole has congratulated both Sarah and Alison for being formally recognised for their hard work and dedication to others.

“These women provide an enormous amount of support to our community and are true treasures,” Mr Toole said.

 “They have been nominated by Terisa Ashworth who has seen first-hand how their important work has enabled those needing assistance, or local groups requiring help, to flourish.

“Sarah Boorer and Alison Shurmer thoroughly deserve this recognition and should be extremely proud of their nomination and in joining this roll of highly-regarded rural women.”

This year’s nominees join a growing list of over 1,000 volunteers who have been recognised since the first Honour Roll was launched in 2010.

This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of women who are ensuring the viability of so many important and crucial community groups and charities.

Volunteering has been shown to not only boost the local community, but also to provide opportunities for people to connect and to gain personal and practical benefits.

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network.

For more information on the Hidden Treasures Honour Role visit the DPI website




Below are the nominations for the Hidden Treasures Honour Role submitted by Terisa Ashworth from the Bathurst Seymour Centre:  


Sarah Boorer is a young woman who joined the Seymour Centre board of management in 2018. Sarah is a well-known local identity so we were extremely pleased to have her join our team. Sarah is enthusiastic and has lots of new ideas, which are very welcome. One area in which Sarah has particularly provided assistance and support is the promotion of Bathurst Seymour Centre, which is vital in the current climate of competition. She adds to the excellent governance team that we have at the centre. Sarah is also involved in other local groups and charity, which she does with good humour, diligence and common sense.


Alison Shurmer is a member of the board of management at Bathurst Seymour Centre. She has been a Board member for three years and her current role is secretary. Alison is a very proactive member who is always looking for opportunities to improve and enhance the services we provide. She has an excellent knowledge of elderly people and the disability sector and she is happy to share information and provide useful insights, which we can apply to improve our services and maintain a high quality and standard. She is also willing to learn new things and to be innovative. Alison has many useful links within the community and she is a valued part of Bathurst Seymour Centre.



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