Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

Nominee

2019 QLD Local Hero Nominee

Ms Barbara Kienast

State: 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.

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