30 January, 2023

ADRA volunteer Estelle Hawkins is the recipient of the 2023 North Burnett Citizen of the Year.

Estelle has demonstrated wholehearted commitment to serving the community of Monto and North Burnett for the past 20 years. She was the key driver behind the opening of the ADRA Op Shop Monto, which opened in Monto during COVID-19.

Estelle Hawkins with the Citizen of the Year Award

The ADRA Op Shop Monto has made an immeasurable difference in the community by helping those in need and providing opportunities for work within the community. Thanks to Estelle’s leadership, the op shop has become a thriving volunteer organisation that has opened doors for the entire community.

In her role as manager for the ADRA Op Shop Monto, Estelle has dedicated immense hours to supporting and managing a volunteer workforce and identifying needs in individuals and the wider community. This has included introducing vouchers to help those going through tough times, and donating funds to community organisations.

Estelle (centre) cutting the cake at the awards ceremony

Most recently, through Estelle’s leadership, the ADRA Op Shop Monto were able to assist those impacted by the 2022 floods in the Dallarnil and Biggenden areas, not just once but twice.

Estelle is described as an unwavering advocate for kindness, inclusivity, and lending a helping hand to all who need it. She is admired as a teacher, volunteer, friend and carer and is deserving of this award.