THERE are not that many people who can lay claim to having offered a voluntary service to the community for more than 50 years, but local lady, Judith Rodwell has recently been recognised for doing just that.
Judy was presented with a Commemorative Certificate from the Attorney General this year acknowledging her 50 Years of Service as a Justice of the Peace.
The certificate offers Judy “sincere appreciation for outstanding dedication to the community” over this time, and is signed by Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith SC MP.
An accompanying letter from MP Smith reads -
“I have recently decided to formally recognise NSW JPs who have served for fifty years. Records of the Department of Attorney General & Justice show that you are one of a selected few JPs to have served beyond this milestone.
“This length of service is a remarkable achievement. I would like to take this opportunity to extend to you my sincere appreciation for the significant contribution you have made to your community.”
Judy herself said that she had been pleased to be able to serve the district as a JP, and said it was during her 45 years working in real estate in the main street of Bombala that she was able to assist the most clients.
“It was very convenient to people as they were able to find me easily, and I must have witnessed thousands of documents over those years,” she said.
“There was a great variety of people who needed a JP and it was nice to be able to help the elderly in this way as well.”
Judy is still a JP and continues to witness documents from time to time since retiring from work.
“It’s nice to be a part of such a great little community that has many volunteers just quietly helping in different ways,” she said.