Honour roll

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

Local Hero


2013 VIC Local Hero Nominee

Christine Reade

Town: North Warrandyte
State: Victoria

Community volunteer

Chris Reade started the Lasting Memories Mosaic group after the Black Saturday bushfires had torn through the small Victorian community of St Andrews on 7 February 2009. From the terrible loss of life and the wreckage of devastated homes, she has established a place where women can gather to create something beautiful from the broken and burnt remnants of cherished possessions. One woman who had lost everything described how Chris helped her create a mosaic using pieces of broken china from her husband’s great aunt and her wedding china. Now, she says, she has something to pass down to her own children. After completing their individual mosaics, the group created a mosaic for the community that tells their story of Black Saturday and celebrates the strength and resilience of people and nature. Even as they strive to rebuild their lives the ‘mosaic ladies’ continue to meet and are planning other community projects. They are inspired by Chris’s generosity and kindness and say she embodies the true Australian spirit of fair go – ‘someone who was a complete stranger who lifted us up when we had been knocked down.’

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