Michelle recognised for inspiring others

COOMA local Michelle Thomas appears on the cover of this year's new look Cooma White Pages and Yellow Pages , which began to be distributed yesterday.

Michelle has been selected under the theme, Inspiring Others to Achieve, which recognises the unsung heroes who selflessly help others achieve goals and are an inspiration to their local community.

She follows former breast care nurse and current deputy mayor Bronnie Taylor who adorned the cover in 2013.

For more than 20 years, Michelle has been helping many children in the community play safe in water.

In 1992, Michelle and her mother introduced a swim school to the Cooma-Monaro region, after the previous local program closed down.

Since establishing the swim school, Michelle has coached many young people to compete at elite levels. She is passionate about giving all locals an opportunity to learn to swim and has helped raise funds to provide free swimming lessons for children with disability. She has also run several programs for multicultural adult groups in Cooma.

"It's so great to see the community taking water safety so seriously. So many local people have taken on the challenge to learn how to swim and it's been amazing to watch so many talented swimmers excel in the sport," Michelle said.

Each year, Sensis , the publisher of the White Pages and Yellow Pages, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover of its books.

White Pages Product Manager Sarah Simpson said this year's covers will celebrate humble community members who don't always get the recognition they deserve.

"This year we are thrilled to recognise Michelle's efforts inspiring her community," she said.

According to publicity information, this year's Cooma White Pages and Yellow Pages will be distributed in a new 'ideal size' and page layout and will take about six weeks to reach each household. "The new book will be easier to handle, use and store," the publicists said.

Following customer feedback, the Cooma White Pages and Yellow Pages will keep the original font size and have four columns per page instead of five, making it easier for people to navigate and find information faster.

Did you know? The previous local people to appear on the cover of the Cooma White Pages and Yellow Pages were:

In 2013-14 Nimmitabel nurse Bronnie Taylor appeared on the cover under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy.

In 2012-13 Cooma resident Tommy Tomasi appeared on the cover, honoured for his work establishing the Thredbo Ski Patrol in 1957.

In 2011-12 Cooma North resident Hazel McKenzie-Kay appeared on the cover under the theme Australians Creating a Better Future.

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