Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
Working in the busy medical hub of Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health since 2006, Emma Peddey is a Women's Health and Continence nurse who has a wealth of knowledge in her area of expertise.
A mother of 2 and a foster parent, Emma provides support for foster parents on their journey to becoming carers, also looking after children to provide respite care. In advocating for children with special needs, she benefits not only her own child but many others and gives unstintingly of her time, energy and resources coordinating youth work and in assisting teachers.
One of Emma's recent projects was to donate and have installed into East Narrogin Primary school playground, a Communication Board which is a visual representation of language so that non verbal children can indicate and signal to their classmates their needs, preferences and those activities in which they'd like to participate.
Her passion to ensure children with special needs are catered for leads Emma to constant study and research. In all areas requiring advocacy regarding human rights, Emma can be found fighting for what she believes in.
Emma's faith and her Church are important to her and she is sustained by Christian values in caring for others. She has a dry humour and there is a quirky side to her nature too; she enjoys costuming for events such as Comic Con, where followers of certain genres of film and TV dress up as their favourite characters and gather to share in the fun. She and her children, equally turned out in fine costumes, will attend events to join in the excitement.
Emma has broad shoulders when it comes to dealing with challenges. She is selfless, kind and compassionate and finds time to listen and care, loved by staff and clients alike for her caring nature.
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people
Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.