HELPING people in their time of need has been a passion for Emma Carlyon who was recognised for her volunteering efforts at the Queensland Ambulance Service 21st anniversary Star Care Awards last week.
The Hamilton Island Queensland Ambulance Service volunteer and first responder received a recognition award in Rockhampton after being nominated by her team.
Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Michelle Baxter handed out the awards, with Ms Carlyon saying she was honoured to have been nominated.
"I wouldn't have received it had it not been from the support of my officer in charge Russell Brodie and the support of staff and Hamilton Island," she said.
Ms Carlyon has been part of the emergency response team on Hamilton Island for the past four years, honing her skills in weekly training sessions both in the classroom and as part of scenarios.
When needed she backs up her officer in charge during the week and also volunteers her time and services on the island on weekends.
"I come from an assistant nursing and disabilities background, so I really enjoy the people I work with, not just the emergency response team but also helping the community," she said.
When she is not helping people or training, Ms Carlyon is the suite concierge at the Reef View Hotel on the island.
"It helps with my customer service skills," she joked.