Gunnedah's Kathie Spence is awarded with life membership to the Gunnedah Family and Children’s Services Inc at the organisations annual general meeting on October 23.

Gunnedah Family and Children’s Services Inc has a new life member.

Kathie Spence’s 33 years of voluntary work as a committee member was recognised with life membership at the organisations annual general meeting on October 23.

The meeting held at Jack and Jill’s cafe voted in a new committee and awarded Mrs Spence’s efforts with the honour of life membership.

Mrs Spence said the award came as a surprise.

“It was very humbling to be honest,” she said.

“I don’t do this for the awards or recognition, I do it because it’s such a worthy cause.

“It’s something I can do out of hours and it has helped me make life long friends and have a lot of fun over the years.

Since becoming a committee member with the organisation Mrs Spence said it had become like a second family to her.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child and I totally agree,” she said.

“My family are involved in nearly every aspect of the organisation and it does become a second family to you.

“I am still enjoying what I am doing and it has been nice to see it go full circle, from my children to my grand children,” she said.