Special honour for Bathurst Living Legend Beryl McLeay

SENIOR CITIZENS AWARD: Bathurst MP Paul Toole, left with Beryl McLeay and Deputy Premier John Barilaro during the recent presentation. Photo: SUPPLEID​
SENIOR CITIZENS AWARD: Bathurst MP Paul Toole, left with Beryl McLeay and Deputy Premier John Barilaro during the recent presentation. Photo: SUPPLEID​

ONE of Bathurst’s Living Legends has won state recognition for her contribution to the local community.

Beryl McLeay has been presented a special Senior Citizen’s Award during a recent visit to the the city by Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole and Mr John Barilaro both praised Mrs McLeay and took great pride in awarding her award.

They presented Beryl with a Local Achievement Awards Certificate and flowers at a recent community gathering at Bathurst RSL to welcome the deputy premier to Bathurst as part of his two-day stay in the local electorate.

“Beryl McLeay is one of our city’s most precious treasures – in fact, she is also one of our official Living Legends,” Mr Toole said.

“She has spent a lifetime of caring and giving to others and is always there to respond to the needs and demands of those she comes in contact with.

“I know that Beryl is a strong voice and advocate for seniors’ in our city and she is passionate in ensuring the world is a better place for us to live.”

Mr Toole said Mrs McLeay had worked tirelessly for the Bathurst Senior Citizens Centre, including taking on the role of president.

“In recent times she identified the need for a new bus for the group. Her tenacity in tracking down these wheels was immeasurable and she did not rest until she found the best vehicle, in the best condition, suitable for their purposes and most importantly at the best price,” he said.

“I have known Beryl all of my life. I know her as a lady who is empathetic, dynamic and one of our city’s most wonderful citizens.

“It was a real pleasure to have been able to join the deputy premier to present her with a Senior Citizens Award – a special way to say thank you from all of us.”