A DAY IN THE LIFE: Penny Campbell-Wilson
SINCE moving to Warwick in 1992, Penny Campbell-Wilson's focus has been on providing for those in need.
As a proud and active member of the QCWA Condamine Valley, Mrs Campbell-Wilson has spent years helping to fundraise for Queensland families, at a local and state level.
In the last few weeks, Mrs Campbell-Wilson said the branch donated hundreds to Warwick's charity organisations to assist those less fortunate this Christmas period.
"The work we're able to do is all thanks to the tea rooms on Grafton St,” she said.
"With an entirely voluntary staff, the tea rooms have been a popular business in Warwick for decades.
"They benefit greatly from the travelling community, with the bus station being right next door and those sandwiches are so well-known.”
Mrs Campbell-Wilson said the branch was working with the Warwick police to provide help for domestic violence victims.
"This is an important part of the work we do,” she said.
"Because it's affecting families right across Queensland.”
Mrs Campbell-Wilson is also part of the team that produces the QCWA monthly magazine Ruth.
Another passion in her life is politics, something fostered by her parents and inspired by childhood excursions to hear former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies speak.
"He was brilliant at holding your attention,” she said. "Sir Robert was a wonderful speaker and certainly had an impact on me as a child.”
Formerly a secretary for a parliamentarian and party branch president in Gympie, Mrs Campbell-Wilson has immersed herself in politics at state and federal levels.
When she isn't working hard for the local QCWA agenda, Mrs Campbell-Wilson divides her time as part of the St Mark's congregation, actively working to fundraise for the maintenance and upcoming 150th birthday celebrations of Warwick's historic Anglican church.
"My passion there is a combination of spirituality and the people who make up the St Mark's family,” she said. "They're generous, caring and have become great friends.”