Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch office manager Christine Krupa has won a national award. She is pictured with president John Kelsey and vice-president Brian Tidyman.
Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch office manager Christine Krupa has won a national award. She is pictured with president John Kelsey and vice-president Brian Tidyman. Alistair Brightman

Anzac of the Year award shocks Hervey Bay RSL worker

WHEN she received a call from Canberra, Christine Krupa was shocked to find that she will be just one of five Australians to be handed the 2014 Anzac of the Year Award.

"When they first contacted me, I was just speechless," she said.

"I'm still gobsmacked.

"It is an honour to be receiving the award."

Of her 22 years in Hervey Bay, Ms Krupa has spent the past 20 working at the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch as an office manager.

She says the most challenging part of her job is managing time, and her hard work and dedication has been recognised by fellow workers who banded together to nominate her almost six months ago.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch president John Kelsey said that it was hard work keeping the nomination a secret from Christine while it was being processed.

"If there is something in the office she doesn't know, it isn't worth knowing," he said.

"She has played a big role here in running the day-to-day administration as well as helping ex-service people in the area."

The award is given annually by RSL National and aims to recognise the efforts and achievements of up to seven Australians who have given service to the community in a selfless and compassionate manner.



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