Casino artist and children’s author Gwendolyn Gray was mowing when she received a call from State MP Chris Gulaptis.
Her husband took a message and when she rang back she was told she had been named Clarence electorate Local Woman of the Year.
“This means everything to me,” Gwendolyn said at the official announcement at Casino Library last Wednesday.
Gwendolyn has written and published four children’s books about Bucket the naughty duckling with the latest one titled Bucket the Naughty Duckling and the Large Bushfire.
Profits from the sale of that book go back to the community.
“What I’ve done hasn’t gone unnoticed,” she said.
“I don’t give to receive. This award will help me and help other women achieve.”
Mr Gulaptis said Gwendolyn had also donated artwork for auction for fundraising events, including the local bushfire appeal, and donated her time to schools and the community with teaching and lecturing of art.
Gwendolyn is working on another two Bucket books to complete the series.
She was a founding member of the Casino Art Group and had for many years worked in the health services sector.
“With International Women’s Day approaching on Monday, March 8, I salute you, your friends at Rotary and indeed all the women who make the Clarence and Richmond Valleys happier and safer places to live,” Mr Gulaptis said.
All books in Gwendolyn Gray’s Naughty Duckling series can be bought for $18 each at inhousebookstore.com.au or at the Richmond Technology shop at 93 Barker St, Casino.
Gwendolyn will travel to Sydney to attend the NSW Women of the Year awards ceremony next Wednesday at the International Convention Centre.
She will feature as one of the authors at the Kyogle Writers festival in May.
This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 3 March 2021.