SHEILA Twine has plenty of letters after her name – B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed, Phd and others – but now she says the greatest title of all is OBE (Over Bloody Eighty).
Twine is celebrating a double milestone this year: her 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of her arrival in Australia.
She and her late husband Adam arrived in Australia in 1967 as Ten Pound Poms.
Now she is a very active widow with more strings to her bow than most.
Twine started POOPS (Pets of Older Persons) in Mandurah three years ago.
She is president of Mandurah University of the Third Age, plays croquet and recently won the Connie House Trophy.
The one-time Serpentine-Jarrahdale shire president initiated the historic guided walks and compiled a trails guide, and is a principal patron and Friend of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and a popular guest speaker.
Along with a long list of boards and committees, she has written more than a dozen books for teachers and parents of struggling children. She plays bridge, dances, paints and grows a community garden.