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Congrats to Lexie Young OAM

Deloraine Ladies’ President Mrs Lexie Young was honoured with an OAM in the 2020 Australia Day Awards. Lexie’s award recognised and paid tribute to her many years of service to the Deloraine & District community.

Born in Westbury in 1938 Lexie married Lindsay Young and moved to Deloraine in 1960 where they raised two daughters. Lexie worked as a telephonist at the Westbury & Deloraine Telephone Exchange for over 20 years and later was Canteen Manager at Deloraine High School.

At the wonderful age of 81 Lexie is still actively involved with many organisations. For the past 12 months she has worn her Probus President’s chain with honour and kept the Deloraine Ladies Club in line with laughter and warm smiles. Her other current activities and affiliations as a member, office bearer or teacher include:

  • Deloraine Aged Care Auxiliary
  • Deloraine Football Club Catering Volunteer
  • Embroidery Group
  • Hidden Talents Craft Group
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Red Cross
  • Yarns Art Work in Silk Tour Guide.

Lexie is also one of the happy cooks in the Four Roses Flour TV & Radio advertisements.

Her previous service, again as a member or office bearer, teacher or fundraiser for various periods since 1962 included: Beanies for Cambodia, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Cancer Council, Child Health Association, Country Women’s Association, Deloraine Community Car, Deloraine Evening Group, Deloraine Primary & High School Parents & Friends Assoc’s, Deloraine Uniting Church, McGrath Foundation, Singlets for Africa, Show Society (Northern Tasmania), Western Tiers Newspaper (Columnist), Tasmanian Craft Fair. WP Holman Clinic Launceston.

Other significant achievements in her busy life have included:

  • Australian Knitting Champion; Meander Valley Citizen of the Year;
  • Meander Valley Council Volunteer Award;
  • Deloraine A & P Society, Life Membership;
  • Olympic Torch Bearer 2000 Relay;
  • Author, The Story of the Deloraine School and Blooming Threads.

Congratulations Lexie, a very full life well lived. Many people have benefited from your extensive voluntary service.