Alpine Radio celebrated Barbara Allen's service to community radio with a morning tea held in her honour. Colleagues and committee members joined Barb at the Mount Beauty Neighbourhood Centre and reflected on the many years she has been presenting her Sunday program, Peace In The Valley. Barb says it's been somewhere between 12 and 15 years, because when she joined Alpine Radio Mary Smith was still on the management team. She decided to hang up her earphones and so on Sunday 27 December we heard Barb's last program. President Nick Brown presented Barb with a framed certificate to mark her outstanding achievement.
Barb has kept busy during the last year even when the pandemic meant that regional Victoria was in lockdown. She maintained connection with her Church community by ditching the landline and getting wired with the latest technology, using Zoom to attend cathedral meetings, services and choral evensong. With restrictions easing, Barb is itching to get back to playing the organ at Church and will be playing timpani in the Mount Beauty Community Band on Australia Day.