THERE are many people in the Katherine region who do not hesitate to go the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of their friends, families and the community they live in.
Those people are often quiet achievers who do not get the recognition they deserve. To celebrate quiet achievers in the region the Katherine Times - with the support of Nitmiluk Tours - proudly presents this week’s Community Hero.
IF a love of Katherine is a key part of being considered a community hero in this town, then Meg Geritz qualifies on that point alone.
“Things that draw you to Meg most is her community spirit and love of Katherine,” admirer, fiancé and close friend of eleven years Bill Daw said.
“She’s an inspiration for me.”
But it is much more than her generously shared love of this community that makes Meg one of its heroes – it is what she gives to the town, which she would say has given far more to her.
“She arrived in Katherine eleven years ago and fell in love with it. She came as an officer in the RAAF and then managed Mission Australia and the first job network services that came to town across the region about eight years ago.
“She also managed Somerville, and was instrumental in organising the first ever Sk8 D8,” Mr Daw said.
Now working as a partnership broker with YouthWorx NT, Meg is still pursuing her passion for helping others, investing in young people, and championing Indigenous culture.
“She has a knack of empowering people. She gives you the feelings and the tools to do anything.”
And, Meg has a wonderful talent for the arts. The painter and photographer – winner of the recent Greensnaps competition – was also among the best classical guitarists in Australia during her teenage years.
“She’s recently started Just Add Music – at Mission Australia on Thursdays... Bringing together musicians to practice and pass on their skills and leadership.”
Add committed community radio volunteer to the list, and there is not much Meg doesn’t do.
“She gives a lot of her time and of herself. I was inspired by Meg the very first time I ever met her.”
Every week the Community Hero celebrated in the Katherine Times receives at $50 Nitmiluk Gorge meal voucher.
NOMINATE a quiet achiever and receive a $15 Nitmiluk Gorge meal voucher if your nominee features as the next Community Hero.
Email the name and a brief description of your hero’s achievements (and a photo if you have one) to
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the Katherine Times on 8972 1111.