Suzanne Page juggles 10 different volunteer roles, works at Uniting Care Wesley SA and looks after two sons with special needs.
And today the single mother received the Citizen of the Year 2017 award for her outstanding community work.
Suzanne participates in a long list of community volunteering including healthy eating promotion at the Port Augusta Christmas Pageant and the Flinders View Primary School Uniform Committee.
She said the award was an event she won’t forget.
“It’s unexpected but means a lot, I’ve worked very hard to help the community and further myself,” Suzanne said.
“So I never expected to be recognised for it so putting it out there can show other people that you can do i.t
“It’s difficult at sometimes but if you persevere you can get through it.”
Suzanne’s youngest son suffers from Atopic Chronic Dermatitis while her eldest suffers from Autism, and she said managing all of life’s challenges can be done with ‘very good scheduling’.
However, knowing those challenges first-hand, Suzanne said it makes her volunteer work extra rewarding.
“It does, and I love seeing in the faces of people who are struggling, just having someone to help them through it and come out the other side,” she said.
“And they’ll say, ‘I didn’t think I could do it, thank you so much for your support and believing in me’, that’s what I love.”
Mayor Sam Johnson said Suzanne is a worthy winner who is ‘friendly, optimistic and extremely community minded’.
“From humble beginnings, Suzanne has faced many challenges, which over time, has given her the strength and ability to make her way forward for not only herself, but those who surround her,” he said.
“The challenges and disruptions through her childhood were traumatic, which for most people would see them continue to struggle throughout adulthood.
“Suzie however has managed to overcome the difficulties which have now presented her to be a strong and independent adult.”