GREAT HEART: Shirley Quaresmini (right) proudly helps Tony Austen and Jan Austen care for Glenda Allen on a weekly basis.
GREAT HEART: Shirley Quaresmini (right) proudly helps Tony Austen and Jan Austen care for Glenda Allen on a weekly basis. Contributed

Remarkable Esk woman recognised for her compassion

WHILE most people her age are enjoying a well-earned retirement, Esk woman Shirley Quaresmini is devoting her time to care for others.

At 81-years-old, it's a remarkable and selfless feat, and one which was recognised during National Carers Week.

Mrs Quaresmini was awarded as the regional winner for great employee in the Carer Friendly Business Awards during a special ceremony at UQ Gatton.

The accolades didn't end there, with Mrs Quaresmini also awarded as the state prize for great employee during a ceremony in Brisbane.

Working for Blue Care for the past 14 years, Mrs Quaresmini helps to assist a number of clients on a weekly basis.

It was her selfless and friendly care in supporting a 63-year-old lady with Downs Syndrome, however which saw her efforts gain official recognition.

Mrs Quaresmini said she was honoured to receive the award.

"It feels wonderful and to get the recognition is great," she said.

"I love my job, but to be recognised is really fantastic."

She said she got involved with Blue Care after personally receiving their assistance during a difficult time.

"Blue Care used to come to me when I was caring for my husband who was ill and I saw what a good job they did and I decided to help out after he passed away," she said.

Mrs Quaresmini was nominated for the awards by Jan Austen, who is the full-time carer for her sister Glenda Allen, who has Downs Syndrome.

"There was nobody more worthy and she needs to be recognised," Mrs Austen said.

"She's been helping to care for my sister for three years and she is just such a blessing to us.

"She just deserves it, she's awesome."



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