Silver lining for volunteer
IF LIVING in Riverview for 25 years has taught Kerry Silver anything, it is that a strong community can bring about positive change.
Despite initially cursing her parents for moving to the often maligned suburb in the mid-1980s, Ms Silver now freely admits she would not live anywhere else.
The Riverview Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator - who was recently awarded the organisation's Southern Region Annual Volunteer Award - said she wanted to continue her work in the community for years to come.
"While the award was given to me, I think it is really about the community," Ms Silver said.
Ms Silver's role in caring for flood victims during the January floods was the major reason for her award nomination.
Alongside fellow locals Christine MacDonald and Pastor Paulo Paulo, she ran the Riverview flood evacuation centre, working up to 22 hours a day during the peak of the disaster.
But rather than speak of her own contribution, she spoke of the way her community had pulled together during a tough time.
"The old reputation is not warranted anymore," she said.
"You could feel the sense of love and community spirit at the evacuation centre. Everyone was looking out for one another."
Ms Silver left her parents' house but never left Riverview, living in a house on the other side of the suburb before eventually buying her mother's house back in 2003.
It was in this year that she first joined Neighbourhood Watch.
"If you are not involved in your community then you can't help people or change things," she said.
The Ipswich Crime Stoppers committee was also among the winners at the Annual Crime Stoppers Awards presentation.
Sergeant Nadine Webster, of the District Crime Prevention Unit, received a five-year service award alongside John Ansell, a Volunteer in Policing.
Larry Waite received a certificate of appreciation for one year of volunteer service with Crime Stoppers.
The Ipswich Volunteer Area Committee for Crime Stoppers also received the Gold Award for being one of the top three fundraising area committees in Queensland.