Wagga Autism Support Group
Our latest news:
Monday May 23, 2022:
WASG President, Deb Bewick is awarded a NSW Government Community Service Award
Uranquinty’s Deborah Bewick has been honoured for her many years of dedication to the community.
Mrs Bewick has been presented with a NSW Government Community Service Award by Independent Member for Wagga Wagga, Dr Joe McGirr.
“Mrs Bewick is a hard-working advocate who has devoted many hours to helping community organisations,” Dr McGirr said.
“I was delighted to present her with this award, which recognises the enormous contribution she has made to organisations in her community.”
Mrs Bewick is currently president of the Uranquinty Progress Association and played an important role in helping set up the group’s website.
She is also president of the Wagga Wagga Autism Support Group, which she says she has been “watching grow and change over the last 20 years”.
Mrs Bewick has been volunteering and working with community groups for most of her life.
She has been active in her children’s school communities and enjoyed helping others through her church.
Mrs Bewick also served for six years on the Carers Advisory Council of NSW.
“To me, being in a community is a doing thing. Helping others is part of my genetic make-up,” she said.
“Of course, the best part of being involved with volunteering is the people. None of these things can be done alone. The people you form teams with, the people you meet and help – they are community and are connections that matter.
“Some of the larger projects I am proud of include: seeking funding for water tanks and watering system at Willans Hill School; changing the canteen system to open it up for everyone; advocating for, and achieving, the setting up of an Autism School in Wagga; coordinating the set-up of the first Changing Place in Wagga Wagga, at the Oasis; sensory movies, sensory Santa and the Superhero Walk; the Operable Wall at the Uranquinty Hall and assisting the SES with the CAT team’s instigation.
“I am looking forward to finalising the eco-cultural garden and getting the water tower painted.”
Mrs Bewick also paid tribute to her husband Nicholas for his support.
“Our life is a tag-team effort and I am very grateful for that,” she said.
On behalf of all members of the WASG Committee,
thanks Deb for all you have done and continue to do!