2006 Volunteers of the Year

Joy Davey

Joy Davey (on the right) at a preschool, telling them about Healthy Little Ears. Also pictured are Patricia Kimberley and the teacher and some of her students.

Joy Davey

Quota International of Taree, NSW


Joy Davey has been a member of the Taree Quota club for 34 years. She has held many club board positions including club president in 1989 and then again in 1990, but her first call was to deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired individuals. She was responsible for Quota starting the first support group for families of hearing-impaired persons.

In recent times, Joy has been a great assistant treasurer. For many years, she was the club photographer and only lost the job to digital cameras. Joy is the best raffle ticket seller in the club, in fact, in all of Taree.

Joy has had 100 percent attendance in our club for most of her years in Quota, certainly for the past 25 years. Whatever the function, she is drawn to the kitchen sink and has become renowned for her tireless ability to “wash up.”

Joy has been involved in many voluntary organizations in Taree —too numerous to list—but her greatest commitment is to cancer, especially to breast cancer, having been a victim herself. Daffodil Day sees Joy organizing the selling of the daffodils to raise funds for cancer research. She has been an amazing support to her husband in Lions and Legacy.

When Joy joined Quota she was matron of the Mayo Private Hospital; her title was later renamed Director of Nursing. Joy was theatre sister as well and many times rushed into Quota still in her uniform. She was totally dedicated to her patients and nothing was too much trouble to make them comfortable.

Joy was honored in the Queen’s Birthday List of 2003, when she received the Order of Australia Medal. She recently received the Myall Lakes Electorate International Woman of the Year Award. Taree Quotarians have much pleasure in nominating Joy Davey as 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

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