Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) (13:18): I bring to the attention of the House the work of Shirley James, an extraordinary person from my electorate who has committed her life to continually serving others.
For more than 50 years, Shirley has devoted her time and energy to volunteering for Eurella Community Services, a local organisation that provides services and support to children and adults with disabilities. During this time Shirley has served as secretary of the Eurella ladies auxiliary and as a member of the management committee, where she has continually advocated for funding to enable Eurella to upgrade facilities and to purchase much‑needed equipment.
Shirley has tirelessly organised community fete events and raffles to fundraise. At the age of 93, she continues to run the bake sale stall once a month, even providing her homemade jam to sell. In 1995 Shirley received the Order of Australia medal and in 2011 she was awarded citizen of the year by Burwood Council.
The most appropriate honour bestowed on Shirley is the name of Eurella's group home in Abbotsford, the Shirley James Group Home. On behalf of the Parliament of New South Wales, I thank Shirley for her decades of service to the community.