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A tribute to Noeline

26/04/2013
​Noeline with staff from Hervey Bay Special School.

​VALE NOELINE SMITH
We from Hervey Bay Special School cannot let this occasion go by without a tribute to the enormous contribution that Noeline made as a volunteer over the last 12 years to our school. Those who worked with her ended up loving her; she touched us all with her gorgeous personality. There was a special quality about her that just attracted you to her like a magnet. Noeline was one of the most positive, vibrant and caring souls you could ever meet. Her sense of humour was an endearing part of who she was and we will never forget how she would have us in stitches.
Working with our students is not an easy task, although extremely rewarding, and we all love it. But for a volunteer the main reward is knowing you have selflessly given to your community. Noeline was one of those people who could give and keep on giving without wanting anything in return, except for the love she generated. Noeline had a warmth, love and terrific sense of humour when working with our students. She was driven to work with our High Needs Students, the multiply impaired or “wheelies” as we affectionately call them. Nothing Phased Noeline: she cleaned, did feeds, went on outings, survived several challenging school camps, knitted items for the students and above all communicated and connected with them and gave them so much of her time. And that was the best gift of all: Noeline knew how to connect.

  

Noeline
You are a very special lady – one of a kind
So thoughtful and caring – others always on your mind
In this world you would never find
Another you… and I wish you were mine!
Although not related…you’re in my heart
As a mentor and friend, right from the start
 
As we met later in life
The roads we have travelled have left us insight
About the things in life that are to be treasured
Friendships, experiences, dramas and pleasures
Our life experiences that we have shared
Love, loss and hardships at times we have beared
Our bond together will always last
The future ahead and our memories past
The years between us do not matter
We enjoy a laugh, a joke and a natter
Your wise advice always taken on board
A wicked sense of humour…totally adored!
In life very few will cross our paths
With an impact like yours, that will last
You are a fine true lady – one that’s adored
Not only by me…but so many more!
 
Special memories will be treasured always
Knowing you and loving you for the rest of my days.
Love Vicki xxx