Volunteer Profile – Maureen York

Maureen York is excited to return to the Information Desk in 2016 having volunteered at the desk in 2012 and 2014. Maureen continues to help out with the Masters Games as she enjoys meeting people from around the country and sees the benefit that the Masters has on the town of Alice Springs.

Originally from Singleton in NSW, Maureen is a long-time resident of Alice Springs. In 1964 Maureen and a group of other nurses embarked on a road trip from Sydney to Broome in a VW Beetle. She stopped off in Alice Springs on the way and she still hasn’t made it to Broome!  Maureen says that back in those days Alice Springs had a population of about 6000 people and “they were mostly men, so it was a bit like a supermarket!”

Maureen is an active member of the Alice Springs community, involved in organising ANZAC Day commemorations and running a charity through her Teddy Bear Hospital at the local markets. The Teddy Bear Hospital raises money for local residents and families in need and is a reflection of Maureen’s kind and caring nature.

Maureen has been commended for her professional and charity work, being awarded a Nurses Award in 2007 and Centralian of the Year in 2009. We are honoured to have Maureen on board as part of our wonderful volunteer team.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to say hello to Maureen at the Information Desk, she will be more than happy to help you out.