Community pioneer enjoying the quiet life
After over six decades of working to make her community a better place, Moira Shannon is officially retired.
The unassuming yet fascinating Lincoln Grove Retirement Village resident is taking a well-earned rest after a life of community contribution that can only be described as remarkable.
Since first being involved with founding the Befriender’s Club, which helps housebound members of the community, and playing a major part in setting up the first Alcoholics Anonymous in Port Lincoln, Moira continued finding ways to help those in need.
“In 1978 I was having a lot of contact with women and children experiencing domestic violence, so I started a women’s shelter,” Moira said.
“It wasn’t easy and I faced a lot of criticism from within the community, but many people supported me too.”
Not stopping there, Moira went on to found a youth shelter and ADAM House – a support house at which people with disabilities can receive care.
“That was one of the best things I ever did, because children like that were being sent out of the community to be housed,” she said.
Moira received the Tunarama Citizen of the Year Award in 1984, the Order of Australia Medal in 1993, the Senior South Australian of the Year Award in 2000, the Order of Australia Member in 2007, and a Women of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club in 2009.
Moira moved to Lincoln Grove in 2007 with her husband Tom, and has been enjoying the relaxed lifestyle since.
“It was the best decision we made to move here,” she said.
“Having the company of other residents is fantastic – you can mix as much or as little as you like.”