Valmae ‘Val’ Stewart, OAM, has been recognised for ‘service to communities of Camden and Dubbo’.
Mrs Stewart moved to Camden with her husband, the then minister of Camden Baptist Church, it was in 2008 that an idea to set up a small op-shop – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – to raise money for women and children fleeing domestic violence, was formulated.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard motto “the community working for the community” has done just that – in 2023 that small op-shop has grown and has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the disadvantaged.
The most recent has been a $100,000 donation to Blue Wren House in the Camden local government area it was opened this year as a safe place for women and children leaving abusive situations.
“Our focus has been to fundraise for organisations which are already serving the community and also help with unfunded projects,” Mrs Stewart previously said.
Mrs Stewart has also been involved in: Women's Ministry, Camden Baptist Church; Bible Teacher/Presenter, Christian Women Communicating International, since 1979; Former board member, Westhaven Association, Dubbo, and founding member, Emmanuel Care Centre, Dubbo, 1988.