Adrienne Clarke has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving the community, in both a voluntary and professional capacity.
In her youth Adrienne became a qualified gymnastics instructor, and for 19 years (1973 to 1992) she served as coach of children's recreational gymnastics at the Belair Community Centre, mentoring and training girls to pre-competition level. For her years of dedicated voluntary service she received the Keystone Award for Community Service (1981), the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (1983), and was one of the youngest persons to be granted Life Membership of the Belair Community Centre (1994).
In 1987, Adrienne became South Australia's first female professional firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS). Now with 30 years of service, Adrienne has progressed her career and leadership capacity to become one of only three female Station Officers within the Fire Service. As a role model, she has been a regular public speaker to schools and community groups. In 2004, she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club of Adelaide for service to the community.
To contribute to improving the working conditions of her female firefighting colleagues, Adrienne was actively involved in the National Female Firefighters Network, and is a founding member and currently chair of the SAMFS Female Firefighter's Forum. This forum addresses the specific employment needs of female firefighters, covering such issues as protective uniform, maternity policy, female recruitment and retention. Adrienne also serves on the United Firefighters Union Women's Consultative Committee which similarly addresses the working conditions of female firefighters.
In addition to her professional responsibilities as a Firefighter and Station Officer, Adrienne has also voluntarily contributed to a number of SAMFS community initiatives:
Adrienne is an active member of the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF), a charitable organisation which raises funds for members of the community whose livelihood is seriously affected by fire, and burns survivors.
For many years Adrienne was a member of the SAMFS Junior Firelighters Intervention Program (JFLIP), providing guidance and support to youth with a tendency towards fire lighting.
Adrienne also contributed in the delivery of the SAMFS Road Awareness and Accident Prevention (RAAP) Program to secondary school students.
For the last ten years, Adrienne has coordinated the Fire Service's involvement with a number of children's charitable organisations, including the Smith Family Foundation, Interchange SA and Junction Australia. She has also facilitated the provision of gifts to children in the Burns Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and comfort toys for children traumatised through motor vehicle accidents or other emergency incidents.
Recognised for her contribution to the community and the SAMFS, in 2016 Adrienne was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).
Alongside of her professional career, and working with her husband in a family business, Adrienne has also been breeding alpacas for over 25 years, developing her expertise in animal husbandry, reproduction and birthing, alpaca fibre classing and judging. She has been a dedicated member of the Australian Alpaca Association (AAA) since 1992.
She has volunteered her time to work on regional and national committees, and as a regional training officer has provided educational courses to alpaca breeders at a local, national and international level. In 2016, Adrienne was also trained and appointed by the AAA as a qualified alpaca judge, and nominated as the industry representative with the Royal Agricultural Society of South Australia, where she has been appointed as an Ex-Officio Councillor.
In 2012, Adrienne received the Australian Alpaca Association's Certificate of Appreciation, acknowledging her contribution to the alpaca industry.
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