A long-serving and dedicated member of the HBNC team has been recognised as a nominee for this year’s Yellow Rose Award of Excellence.

Maree Twomey, who has worked as an Early Childhood Assistant in the Play With Your Kids program for more than 15 years, was one of the women acknowledged for their exceptional contribution to the community.

The Yellow Rose Award of Excellence, delivered by the Zonta Club of Hervey Bay, recognises women who go above and beyond for the Fraser Coast community.

Maree has worked tirelessly within the HBNC Play With Your Kids program, positively impacting the lives of more than 3000 families.

Through her expertise, Maree has helped parents acquire the essential skills to engage and play with their children, creating a nurturing environment for childhood development.

Tanya Stevenson, CEO of HBNC, expressed her admiration for Maree's commitment.

"Maree Twomey is a true asset to our organization and the community as a whole. Her selfless dedication to supporting families and her genuine passion for enhancing childhood development exemplify the values we hold dear at HBNC,” Tanya said.

Maree is a humble and dedicated person, never seeking recognition for her work. She participates in annual training sessions offered by the local Learning and Early Years Programs (LEYPs) to further build her expertise in supporting families effectively.

Maree's dedication extends beyond her role as an early childhood assistant. She consistently goes the extra mile, arriving early to ensure childcare spaces are clean and play areas are set up for the children's enjoyment. Maree often takes work home, diligently organising and preparing activities to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children she serves.

Additionally, she plays an integral role in the outreach playgroup van, ensuring that families in outlying communities of Burrum Heads and River Heads have access to the valuable Play With Your Kids program.

The presentation luncheon for the 2023 Yellow Rose Award of Excellence took place at the Banksia Bar and Grill Restaurant, where Maree Twomey was awarded a trophy in recognition of her outstanding contributions.