AUSTRALIA DAY COMMUNTIY CITIZENSHIP AWARD 2015
Lorraine Doogan was posthumously awarded the Australia Day Community Citizenship Award for 2015.
Lorraine Doogan, and husband Laurie, arrived in Meckering in 1978 expecting only to stay for a fortnight at the caravan park at the showgrounds. They never left Meckering, making it their home for 38 years.
Lorraine was known by everyone and she loved everyone. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Lorraine. When Peter Darmody needed a school bus driver to help him out for a couple of weeks she agreed to help and for 37 years she drove the south bus run for Meckering Primary School, treating every school kid as she would her children or her grandchildren.
She became the designated bus driver for away games for the Meckering Mudsliders Hockey girls and enjoyed that role as much as she enjoyed driving the school kids.
Over the past 38 years she has been the sewing lady to go to if you needed curtains made, ball gowns created, anything altered. It didn’t matter if it was needed yesterday, Lorraine would do it and do it well. Students graduating from Meckering Primary in year 7 all left with a signature bear, or dog or flag made with love by Lorraine. There must be dozens and dozens of calico animals sitting in bedrooms all over the state.
Mrs D would do anything for anyone. You never heard her say a cross word about anybody. It was said about Lorraine that she only knew of two types of people, ones she didn’t know yet and the rest were potential family.
Lorraine had 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 37 years worth of school children.
Lorraine was diagnosed with incurable cancer in August 2014 and passed away on 14th December 2014.