Humble Newrybar woman puts others first
FAR and away the most inspirational women I have ever met have been humble.
And Newrybar local, volunteer and mother-of-six Trisha Bleakley is certainly that.
After a long career in aged care, Mrs Bleakley now volunteers between 30 and 40 hours of her time at the Bangalow Historical Museum.
And if that wasn't enough, she also manages to find time to volunteer for the Red Cross.
"It's hard to talk about yourself because I just do it," Mrs Bleakley said.
"We're just so blessed. We've got six beautiful children, five of them married, we have our 12th grandchild on the way.
"I've had a really blessed life and I just feel it's time to give back."
Far from taking all the credit, Mrs Bleakley said she never would have been able to juggle work, motherhood, grand-motherhood, church and volunteering without the help of her "absolutely fabulous" husband, family and friends.
"I was doing shift work so while I was at work he was at home and vice versa," she said.
"When we came up here (23 years ago) we've just met amazing friends that have just stepped in as well so when we needed babysitting and backup they were always there for us."
Mrs Bleakley said her mother was a big source of inspiration, and a woman she looked up to.
"She is just an amazing lady who was just always there."
As for traits she finds admirable in other women, Mrs Bleakley said humility was high on the list.
"I think I look for simple people, not too many bells and whistles but quietly working in the background," she said. "I think their generosity of spirit, I think their listening skills, and for a lot of women I know their ability to turn a negative into a positive and just make it work."