Kim Hill, OAM, a seventh generation Wollondilly resident, was acknowledged for ‘service to the community through emergency response organisations’.
Mrs Hill has been a member of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) since 2014 and during the 2019/20 bushfires that swept through Wollondilly and Wingecarribee – she was assigned to look after the donation of goods. In 2020 the Community Recovery Hub, Balmoral Village Hall was formed with fellow founder, Picton CWA member Kerrie O’Grady – they worked with a team of volunteers to distribute goods to people who had to evacuate or whose homes were destroyed during the fires.
Mrs Hill is both shocked and humbled about the award and acknowledged it was a combined effort.
“I could not have done this without Kerrie,” she said.
“I am so shocked to be nominated for such a prestigious award as there are so many people out there who do so much to support others, I just wish everyone who enjoys putting others before themselves, as I do could receive the same recognition and I thank whomever nominated me for taking the time out of their day to do so,” Mrs Hill said.
“I would also like everyone to know and understand that recovery takes time, and everyone’s recovery journey is different and that journey needs to be respected by all.
“Both Kerrie and I are extremely grateful for the help of many volunteers who helped over many months to support various communities.”
Mrs Hill has also received the National Emergency Medal, 2021.
She has also been recognised as the South Western Sydney Volunteer of the Year;
New South Wales Volunteer of the Year, 2020;
Community Service Award, 2020; Wollondilly Citizen of the Year, 2021, and;
Wollondilly Local Woman of the Year, 2021.
Mrs Hill also is the co-ordinator of the Buxton Memorial Playground.