The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
2019 QLD Local Hero Nominee
Ms Barbara KienastState: Queensland
Founder and co-ordinator of the Samford Support Network, Barbara Kienast, supports community members who are ill, elderly, living with a disability, or struggling – either directly or through organising others to help. With Barbara’s leadership, the network of local volunteers provides social, transport, and emergency support to hundreds of isolated people.
As founder, co-ordinator and driving force behind the Samford Support Network (SSN), Barbara Kienast provides valuable support to people in her community who are ill, elderly, living with a disability or simply struggling.
With Barbara's leadership, the network of local volunteers has provided, transport, gardening, handyman , social, in-home and emergency support to hundreds of isolated people in Samford, in the Moreton Bay region.
A migrant and mother of three with a career in medical research at Clinical Network Services, an Australian owned company, Barbara led the process to turn the SSN into a registered charity. She manages and motivates over 50 volunteers while running multiple major programs.
The keeping people in their homes program is a new approach to age and disability care. The program includes free medic alert system and key safes along with community and professional support and a delivery of weekly free food boxes.
The SSN is fully funded by the community and their services are predominantly free.