Nancy Calder retires after 23 yrs
CHILDERS mover and shaker Nancy Calder has bowed out of local government and event management, taking a well-deserved break after more than 23 years of service.
Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said while Ms Calder was best known for her organisation of the Childers Festival of Cultures, her other achievements included setting up Childers’ Old Pharmacy and creating the Childers Regional Art Gallery.
“Nancy Calder’s enthusiasm and energy in promoting the Isis district has been a driving force in the development of our region,” Cr Pyefinch.
“She is a highly-valued and much loved friend and council employee.”
In 2000, Ms Calder was at the heart of the Childers response to the backpackers fire in the Palace building.
She cared for the survivors and their families, organised community support, designed and managed the memorial service - and then worked with builders, developers, artists and community to bring the Palace to its present glory. Ms Calder was also instrumental to the Childers streetscape development and the Isis War Memorial precinct, which won a Tidy Towns award this year. She has also been recognised personally with several other awards.
Many community facilities and events owe a debt of gratitude to the tireless and passionate worker, for her help with projects including the upgrade of Apple Tree Creek Hall, and the RSL building.
“Nancy will be remembered as a brilliant organiser, an untiring worker, a generous colleague, a creative project manager and a perfectionist,” co-director of Creative Regions and long-time collaborator Judy Pippen said.
“She is not someone who can be replaced.”
Ms Calder will be farewelled at a function at the Isis Club tonight.