James collects Senior Citizen of the Year
COLOURFUL and passionate volunteer worker James Watson shares his heart of gold with the Douglas region and was yesterday awarded Volunteer of the Year Award at the Australians of the Year presentation in Cairns.
Mr Watson was overwhelmed to receive such a prestigious award and said “nothing is achieved by one person” in his acceptance speech.
After moving to Port Douglas in 2004, Mr Watson spent his time offering help to those through the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre where he soon became the treasurer and president.
His long list of achievements includes creating and maintaining theommunity garden on Nautilus St.
“I love gardening I think the earth is a beautiful thing. A community garden is a good fit for this land and it provides a space for families to enjoy the outdoors,” he said.
He is also the and treasurer of Douglas Shire Seniors, a member of Toastmasters, Port Douglas Rotary and Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society.
“I love dealing with people and helping them. I love being able to assist wherever I can,” he said.
Mr Watson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last June and he established the Port Douglas/Mossman Support Group of Parkinson’s Queensland.
He also established the local branch of Toastmasters International and was also awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Port Douglas Rotary Club - its highest honour.
Honoured: Senior Citizen of the Year James Watson