James col­lects Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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