Sawtell's Pat Roser is honoured by her OAM.
Sawtell's Pat Roser is honoured by her OAM. rob wright

OAM for Pat Roser

PAT Roser has dedicated her life to serving her community.

She's given her time selflessly to helping others and to improving the lives of others.

So much so she's been recognised on Australia Day with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

"It's huge. I just feel so honoured but I'm also a bit overwhelmed," said Mrs Roser, who lives at Sawtell with her husband, Myles.

"People seem to do so much more than I do. I've been fortunate to do the things I do and very lucky to have good people to work with.

"I'm very lucky to have my husband, who gives me so much support."

Mrs Roser, 80, is probably best known for her work with the Coffs Harbour Garden Club, where she has been a member since 1992. She is the current president and is also a life member.

She was also a zone co-ordinator with the Garden Club of Australia and has been a member of the Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden for more than two decades.

"I still work in the information centre. The garden is one of Coffs Harbour's undiscovered treasures," she said.

Mrs Roser is heavily involved with Coffs Harbour Quota (she's the vice-president) and has been a member of Quota International since 1974, chairing several committees.

She also serves on the Coffs Harbour Australia Day Committee and is a telecross caller with the local Red Cross. She's also been a team leader for Red Cross Calling locally.

In 2007 she was the Coffs Harbour Volunteer of the Year.

But perhaps one of her proudest achievements was starting up netball in Campbelltown in 1972.

"It provided a wonderful opportunity for girls and women to play netball," she said.

"I think it was really worthwhile and they have a huge netball complex now."

Mrs Roser believes strongly in community work.

"I just think it's really important that people participate and use the talents and skills they have to make a difference in the community."