IT'S all about the community and giving back, according to Gladstone SES member Elizabeth Crowe.

Known as Libby among her SES crew, she admits she is a little embarrassed about her recent award, which celebrates her "exceptional dedication to her unit and the community".

"You don't do it for the awards," Libby said, "but it's nice to be appreciated."

The award comes after Libby stepped up in a time of need to organise and lead her unit when her group deputy leader was out of town.

"I was so surprised to be nominated," she said. "I felt very honoured to accept and receive the award."

January will mark two years of volunteering with the SES for Libby.

It's a milestone she is proud to reach.

"Joining the SES is something I always wanted to do," she said.

But it wasn't till cyclone Yasi hit that she was inspired to sign up.

She is encouraging anybody thinking about joining to drop into training on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm.

 

WHERE would we be without our SES volunteers?

Through fire, flood or storm, they have been there.

Tomorrow Gladstone residents have the chance to show their support and appreciation of our many local SES volunteers.

Gladstone, it's time to "go orange" in support of the State Emergency Service on Wear Orange to Work Day.

Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey said the orange SES uniform had come to symbolise a dedication to community and the strength of volunteerism in Queensland.

"This is a great time for Queenslanders to thank our SES volunteers for their continued dedication to keeping our community safe," Mr Dempsey said.



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