Community service unites friends
"MY FRIENDSHIP with Sherilee began when I went to a Grade 7 fundraising meeting at Burnett Heads State School and put forward a few ideas," recalls Tanya Jackson.
"Afterwards Sherilee said to me, 'You're the person I want to talk to. I want to pick your brain for ideas. I want you on the P&C' and it's grown from there. We work well together."
Sherilee Ramm had arrived in Burnett Heads two months before Tanya.
She and husband Scott and their two children had travelled around Australia, visited Burnett Heads a few times and moved there in early 2006.
"It was either here or the Northern Territory and I like to swim in the ocean, so it wasn't a hard choice," Sherilee laughed.
Sherilee joined the school's P&C soon after arriving and has held the positions of secretary, vice-president and treasurer, as well as volunteering in the classroom, helping in the tuckshop, and running fundraising events like sausage sizzles and theatre restaurants and delivering telephone books.
Now working as a teacher aide and parent liaison officer at the school, she is also the art and photography co-ordinator for the Lighthouse Festival.
"I love what the festival offers the community; last year I encouraged a Year 3 student who was quite creative to enter the art section and he was thrilled when he won the $50 first prize."
Tanya and husband Simon hailed from Dalby, decided on a sea-change in 2003, returned to Dalby in 2004 after her mother died, but came back north in 2006.
Her P&C roles have included fundraising co-ordinator and vice-president,
With seven children, she and Simon needed a bigger house and moved into town where their three older children go to Kepnock High.
Two younger children still go to Burnett Heads School, and Tanya is currently the tuckshop convenor and P&C secretary.
Between the two schools, kindergarten and a six-month-old baby, Tanya is a busy woman, but, like Sherilee, joined the Lighthouse Festival committee.
She was secretary last year and this year is handling sponsorship.
She is also secretary of the Bundaberg One Kepnock Neighbourhood Watch, and the P&C secretary and operations manager at Kepnock High, with Sherilee as vice-president.
The friends' commitment to the community is unfaltering, and both are now involved in the Burnett Heads Sports and Progress Association.