Terence (Terry) Alfred Hine - 15th March1933 - 4th June 2016
Terry was our very first Senior Of Excellence. He was presented with his Award in March, 2014. Terry came to the NT in the early 1960s as a fireman with the Dept of Civil Aviation. Throughout his years in Darwin, Terry voluntarilly served his community through a number of organisations. The Darwin Amatuer Radio Club; The Wireless Institute; The Scouts Association NT; The National Servicemen's Association; The Ballroom Dancing Association; The Returned Services League and the Darwin City Brass Band. With Terry's family and many friends he was farewelled at a lovely ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral. His happy outlook on life and his willingness to help was among his many qualities. Vale Terry.
Michael (Mike) Bowden ** - 2020
Mike was awarded a Seniors of Excellence in 2019 for his work with aboriginal youth in Alice Springs and his charity work. Mike took in a young boy, and raised him as part of his growing family.
Mike moved to Alice Springs in 1988 and helped establish the Injarlke Unit a two-way education model. In 2003 Mike and his family moved to Darwin and founded the O’Loughlin Catholic College’s Big Bike Ride in 2009. Over the years the Big Bike Ride has raised money for many charities. In October 2018 Mike was diagnosed with MND and was quoted as saying,
“Don’t go to bed and lie down – get out and live the best you can, for as long as you can!” Mike was testament to this quote. Vale Mike.
Ms Elizabeth (Liz) Mary Abotomey ** - 2020
Liz cared for the Alice Springs community since she arrived in 1973 always giving her time to people in need, such as volunteering to cut hair for patients in the hospital.
Liz was heavily involved with the “Look Good Feel Better” program for Cancer patients since it started, showing patients how to use wigs and turbans and how to apply makeup to help their confidence. This lead to Liz setting up the Alice Springs Wig Library for Cancer patients.
A quiet achiever Liz worked tirelessly behind the scenes doing hair and bake-ups for fundraising and charity events. Although Liz was highly respected in her professional role, what we really admired about Liz was the quiet way she went about helping others.Vale Liz.