THE epitome of a selfless community volunteer, Korumburra’s Shirely Reeves has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in today’s national Australia Day Honours list.

It’s an award that is richly deserved and not only brings honour to Mrs Reeves but will also be a source of pride to the district she loves, the community she serves and the plethora of organisations with which she is involved. Speaking after the announcement today, Mrs Reeves said she was both delighted and humbled by the news.

Specifically her award is “For service to youth, and to the community.”

“A bit shocked but very honoured,” was how Shirley greeted the award this week.

“It’s nice to know that there are people in the community who are prepared to nominate and support me.”

Shirley knows what that’s like, nominating members of the community for awards. She has done it numerous times herself, now it’s her turn.

“I’m passionate about country communities and especially about giving young people an opportunity. We’ve got to do what we can to keep our communities strong and together, it’s so important.”

And despite almost 50 years in the Scouting movement (in April this year), Shirley isn’t about to hang up her woggle.

“Scouting has come a long way. It’s all about teaching life skills and leadership these days; everything from online to outdoor skills, and there’s more kids who’d like to be involved if we only had more leaders.

“Locally at Korumburra we’ve got 65 kids from ages 5-15 (Joeys 5-8), Cub Scouts (8-11) and Scouts (11-15) and we’d like to get a Venturers’ group together too, starting in February next year.”

Mrs Reeves is still heavily involved both with her own local cub pack and scouts but also at District level where she is still the District Trainer.

But she’s also heavily committed to the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau, now into her 40th year.

“We started that last time there was a major downturn in the dairy industry and here we are again.”

She volunteers once a week offering visitor and community information, is a member of Coal Creek Probus and volunteers with a reading program at a local school.

“I started in Brownies myself in Leongatha and when I came back, I answered an advertisement for Brownie leaders. I swapped over to Cubs and Scouts as the boys grew up and I just been involved ever since.”

Her involvements, over many years includes:

* Scouts Victoria (Leader Joey Scouts South Gippsland District since 2006, Commissioner South Gippsland District 2005-2006, Leader-in-Charge Korumburra 2nd Scout Group 2005-2006, Assistant Training Commissioner South Gippsland District 1990-2004, Assistant Regional Commissioner Eastern Region circa 1990 and Management Team Cuborees, since 1997).

* Her Scouting awards and recognition include: Recipient 45 Years of Service Award 2015, Recipient Silver Kangaroo 2007, Recipient, Silver Emu 2000, Recipient Silver Acorn 1995 and Recipient, Medal of Merit 1989.

* Social Secretary South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau since 2011 and Founding Member (since 1978) and Training Coordinator 1995-2010.

* Member, Korumburra Branch, National Council of Women.

* Member, Coal Creek Probus Club.

* Member and Volunteer Special Committee Korumburra Community Access Centre 2009.

* Helped establish Volunteer Resource Centre 2001.

* Awards and recognition includes: Inductee Honour Roll Community Information and Support Victoria 2014. Recipient Citizen of the Year Korumburra South Gippsland Shire Council 2010.