Kingston Mayor and long time local Kay Rasheed has had an interesting journey in her life up until now.
Originally from Saddleworth in the mid north of SA, Kay went to school at Riverton High where she had ambitions to become a nurse and moved to Adelaide for her final year of school.
Kay grew up on a farm where her brother, Denis still lives. His son is the 6th generation farmer in the family, which is unusual in this day and age.
Before pursuing her dreams of becoming a nurse, Kay moved back from Adelaide after finishing school, to work with her father for the harvest season, on the family farm.
In May of the following year, Kay began her nursing training, studying at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and completing her qualifications there.
It was during this time that Kay would meet her husband Peter, and the two eventually married, moving down to Kingston to the farm at Keilira.
Kay has always had a strong passion for sport, playing a lot of tennis and netball and this continued when she moved to Kingston, playing for the Keilira Tennis Club for many years. Golf is her sport of choice these days.
She has always had a considerable involvement with the community, including roles in a number of sporting groups and organisations around the Kingston community, which she found was a great way to meet people.
Kay was involved with the show society and other groups for a number of years in Kingston and also used her experience as a nurse to help run immunisations with the Red Cross for many years.
Kay was the first female president to lead the Kingston Golf Club, holding that role for 4 years. As president, Kay and her committee initiated the renovations of the golf club, which was something that she is most proud of in her time as president.
Kay's proudest achievements are her three sons who are all farmers now, with Kay and Peter buying properties in the North east pastoral district, where their eldest and youngest sons live and run stations. Kay also has 8 grandchildren, who give her a great deal of pleasure.
Aside from her passion and drive to become a nurse, Kay has always been a natural leader, from her role as head prefect at her high school to her role as president at the golf club after 10 years on the school council - Kay has now taken on a larger community role in becoming mayor of Kingston after one term as deputy mayor.
Kay still loves playing golf every week and has a passion for other cultures, travelling overseas as often as possible. After travelling to Scandinavian countries last year, Kay will travel overseas again to Spain later this year with a friend.