Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
Librarian Kay Weaver was born in Albany WA and her first home was directly opposite the town's iconic "Dog Rock." Along with her big brother Jack, Kay and their friends regularly took a run at the side of the rock and leapt up as far as they could, attempting to reach the top. Tall, long-legged Jack was successful on many occasions but Kay never quite managed it.
Her parents were determined their children would have a good education and Kay was an excellent student, though her real interest lay in having her own horse. Inspired by visiting missionaries who spoke at her school, Kay once gave serious consideration to becoming a nun and doing good works for the children in Africa, until, on the two and a half mile walk home one day, she realised she'd never seen a nun on a horse and she abandoned that ambition altogether, saving the children of Africa her ministrations.
When she married Bill Weaver, they raised their three sons while working in farming communities. A playwright, singer, writer and poet, Kay was involved in the production of numerous plays and concerts in local theatres and worked as a teacher's assistant with children with special needs.
Moving to Perth in 2001, Kay undertook, as a mature age student, degrees to become a Librarian. With a philosophy that "Libraries are not just about books, they're about people," Kay has made every Library in which she has worked into a vibrant hub for community, promoting all activities that enrich, enliven and facilitate public participation.
She has organised workshops for writers, public speaking, photography, collection of history and stories from Seniors, was involved in a combined Agricultural Show and Spring Festival, held an Antiques Fair, brought Mark Olive to cook as part of the Festival and involved hospitality students from Narrogin High School in the preparation and serving of food. Kay also works with Jessie House to hold an annual lunch for Seniors attended by those students in their school restaurant. At this year's lunch, she produced and showed a drone's eye view of Narrogin and its history as well as providing entertainment. Kay supports NAIDOC, hosted the Madjitil Moorna Choir and has three times won awards for Public Health Advocacy and presented at several conferences in Perth and interstate, regarding Libraries.
She belongs to Rotary and supports their projects, sings with The Occasional Singers, in aged care facilities and to raise funds for youth. Also a supporter of the Community Garden, Kay has set up a Cafe for carers and those living with Dementia locally, promotes Orienteering and was involved in preparations for Narrogin's 100 year anniversary celebration of the liberation of Damascus.
With interests in drawing, calligraphy, the Great Dane Club, her own and all other horses and cows, Kay feels she has found the solution to road rage. She is convinced that everyone should milk a cow before they begin their work day because cows teach you patience. You cannot rush a cow to produce milk, hence you learn to overcome minor and major irritation.
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.