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After being employed in the administrative field for many years and then retiring, I purchased the Rock Shop in July 1996, with the plan to sell after a couple of years.

Nearly fifteen years later, I am still here, and I love what I do. In 2001 I moved the shop to its present location in The Armidale East End Mall and changed the name to June’s Jewellery and Gems. In order to learn more about the jewellery trade, I studied and qualified as a Gemmologist and Jewellery and Gemstone Valuer.

We pride ourselves in being a business that gives special service, and I am fortunate to have Ryan, my qualified jeweller and Robyn, my very competent sales assistant. We also have a watch repair service. We proudly use local gemstones and Uralla gold in many of our specially made and designed jewellery pieces.

Away from my business, I have a strong interest in our local community and am actively involved in various volunteer organisations.

Since 1997, I have been a member of Quota International, the oldest women’s service organisation in the world and have served as local President and am a past District Governor. Quota works to support the hearing and speech impaired, disadvantaged women and children and strongly supports projects in our local and international communities.

I am a soldier in the Salvation Army and am the co-ordinator of the Armidale Salvation Army Emergency Services: ‘the food providers in an emergency’.

In February this year, the Salvation Army, together with helpers from other churches, commenced the ‘Café de Light’ community kitchen, which is being held in the Salvation Army Hall, Beardy Street. A free meal will be served to those who come through our door, on each Wednesday, between 12 – 1.30pm. We have already received offers of help, but we will be most grateful of any additional help, either in kind or product. I know our Corps officer, Envoy Penny Williams, will be very happy to speak with anyone interested.

I am Secretary / Treasurer of the Show Society, a Board Member of Jobs Australia, Chair of Northern Links and until recently a Board member of NERAM Ltd. Being appointed to the NERAM Board was a wonderful experience, and I must admit changed my thinking of what the Art Museum is all about. I have learnt that the Armidale and New England community have been given an unbelievable legacy in the forms of the Hinton and Coventry collections, and I urge everyone to take the time to visit the Museum and to support the NERAM Board as they strive to make the Art Museum a viable concern.

As you have probably gathered, I love Armidale and the New England area and even though I have travelled extensively, I cannot think of a better place to live.

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