There is no better way to give back to the community than being a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (JP) or Commissioner for Declarations (Cdec).
This week, Malanda resident, Dale Roger-Jones was presented with a 25-year certificate, by Member for Hill Shane Knuth, for her distinguished service as a Commissioner for Declarations for the State of Queensland.
Miss Roger-Jones first became a JP in New South Wales when she and her parents owned Australia’s Most Easterly Motel, The Sunaway Motel.
She said they designed and built the motel for everyone including people with physical handicaps and the reason she became a JP was because a lot of residents needed someone to go to back then.
“I became a Justice of the Peace in the 1960’s to help other folk in my community,” Miss Roger-Jones said.
“So many people had government documents that they needed to be witnessed and signed.
“I became a JP so that I could help them as much as I could. At times I even helped them fill in forms, as long as it wasn’t anything to personal.
“When I moved to Queensland in 1978 I had to wait two years before I could become a Queensland JP.”
She said in 1980 she reapplied to become a JP and as time went on and the community started to rely on her less as a JP she became a Cdec.
Mr Knuth said it was an honour to present Miss Roger-Jones with her 25-year certificate on behalf of the Attorney General.
“Dale is definitely a doer in our community with her past and present roles in the Malanda Theatre Company, Atherton Hospital Auxiliary, Malanda Ambulance Committee, Malanda Lioness Club, and the Atherton Arts Society,” Mr Knuth said.
“It is great to be able to congratulate Miss Roger-Jones not only for her work as Cdec but also her dedication to the community.”
Caption: Member for hill Shane Knuth presented Malanda resident, Dale Roger-Jones with a certificate for 25-years as a Commissioner of Declarations on behalf of the Queensland Attorney General.