Aunty Isabel with Mayor and MP


Life's a buzz for Aunty Isabel

Published: 11 Dec 2020 12:27pm

Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Isabel Reid was this week (Tuesday December 8) recognised for her lifetime’s work in the community and being a strong advocate for First Nations people.

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM described her as an “inspiration”.

Her family said “Nan” is their “matriarch who we love and constantly look up to.”

The accolades continued to flow for Aunty Isabel at the Mayoral Reception to recognise her recent award for being named NSW Senior Citizen of the Year 2021.

“Life’s a buzz for me at the moment,” Aunty Isabel said.

“There’s been so much happening and this award is a great honour.

“I am so very proud of what I have achieved. Thankyou to everyone.”

Aunty Isabel is one of the oldest surviving members of the Stolen Generations and is known for her tireless work with First Nations people, particularly the community’s youth.

Cr Conkey hosted the reception in recognition of her recent achievement and described Aunty Isabel as a “true treasure” who is respected for her ongoing work and influence in the community.

“Aunty Isabel is not only an inspirational Wiradjuri elder. She is an inspirational Wagga Wagga resident, an inspirational senior citizen, and above all, an inspirational Australian,” Cr Conkey said.

“I know how much she is admired and respected. She is a treasured Wagga Wagga citizen and we are proud and privileged to have her in our community.”

Image:  Aunty Isabel Reid with Mayor Cr Greg Conkey and Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr.