After nearly four decades as a member of the SES, Lake Macquarie Unit Commander Christine Speer has been named the city’s Volunteer of the Year.

In a career that’s included stints in catering and radio communications, she counts her time helping a rural community near Lightning Ridge among her proudest achievements.

Commander Speer was also on duty during the Pasha Bulker storm and 2017 Lismore flood.

“I don’t, I can’t explain exactly what it feels like, ah – it doesn’t feel as if I’ve been here for as long as everybody tells me.”

“I consider everybody in the unit and also outside the unit, part of my family – it’s just an extended family.”

She’s among 10 members of the community, recognised by Lake Macquarie Council.

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