The Good Neighbour Award

Pat Price

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.

Whether through a cup of coffee, a picnic in the park or a message of support, Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say “thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you the most”.

The Good Neighbour Award is granted to a nominee for performing a random act of kindness; making a positive difference to their neighbourhood; making a special effort to people around them; offering to help out in practical or special ways, or for volunteering or supporting the local community.

This year, Pat Price of Chifley was presented with the award for her long association with hospice as a volunteer visitor, support person and role model for many.

President of NHW ACT Margaret Pearson said “Her support for her neighbours, whether long term residents, or a recent newcomer to the area, has never wavered. 

“This includes being asked to act as the health liaison support person for an elderly neighbour who has recently entered aged care. Pat has built a strong relationship with the aged care staff and visits daily to feed and care for her neighbour. 

“Pat regularly drops in on house-bound, elderly neighbours just for a cup of tea and a chat; she drives to a Queanbeyan aged care home to spend time with an aged relative who has no local family and, if possible, brings the relative home for a home-cooked meal.

“She hosts regular catch-ups for neighbours, believing that strong community relationships underpin health and happiness.

“Pat is warm, approachable, fun loving and outgoing,” Mrs Pearson said.

In the opinion of one of her nominators for the award “She always has something positive to say. Canberra wouldn’t be as enriching without Pat in my life”.

The presentation of a small trophy was made on Neighbour Day, 26 March by ACT NHW Vice President South, Albert Orszaczky to Pat’s husband John. Unfortunately Pat was unable to be present at the ceremony which included a sausage sizzle arranged by the Area Coordinator of Farrer NHW, Mrs Lisa Wilson and her committee.

When asked about receiving the award, Pat was clearly a bit overcome and still in a bit of shock.

“To be honest, I was flabbergasted. There are so many good people out there that do great work. I hope I can live up to all the hype.

“My neighbours are like family to me and it’s wonderful that we live in such a caring community,” Mrs Price said.