Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Colleen Touched Many Lives; Volunteer Worked Tirelessly to Support Others in the Community through Her Own Battle with Cancer

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Colleen Touched Many Lives; Volunteer Worked Tirelessly to Support Others in the Community through Her Own Battle with Cancer

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Byline: Brian Bennion brian.bennion@qt.com.au

IT is not the recognition or awards for her community service, but the number of people community volunteer Colleen Julian touched and helped that she is remembered for.

Her family said Colleen's journey "was not the focus for her, it was how others were making it, and easing their way that was her task".

Colleen passed away recently after a battle with breast cancer.

She was raised in a small country town in Northland New Zealand, Hikurangi. She was one of six siblings, the youngest of the three girls.

Colleen met her husband Barry while living in Glenfield, Auckland. She followed her heart to move with him to the bottom of the South Island.

Her first job was in Auckland as a copywriter, which she left when she started a family.

The couple eventually started their own shearing contractor business in Dipton, an hour out of Invercargill in Southland.

Colleen juggled working alongside Barry in the business and driving the children to their out of school activities, which in the country were some distances.

She also managed to find the time to attend Country Women's Association meetings, pottery, spinning, doll making, bear making, cake icing and many other community activities. She had a long term commitment to the NZ Labour party along with Barry and their family, taking part in fundraising and conferences.

Education and a sense of community were important to Colleen. She encouraged her three children to do as well as they could at school and participate in their community.

Colleen was not afraid of hard work and was the driving force behind fundraising for her children's sports groups, and she would be the committee member making sure everyone was pitching in.

There were many times her children would be delivering casseroles, plucking chickens or babysitting because Colleen knew someone needed a hand.

Christmas dinners were shared with the backpackers passing through and working with the shearers. …

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