Inspirational work rewarded
THEY say every man needs a shed, and South Perth resident Ron Tomkin is just the man to build it.
Ron has been nominated by the Manning Community Men’s Shed management committee as a finalist in this year’s Seasons Community Champions Award.
His inspirational work in the world of Men’s Sheds has seen the 72-year-old dedicate the last three years to helping his fellow men to get out “of the way of the wife, away from the pub, off the couch and into a Men’s Shed” to work on some exciting hands-on trade-related projects.
With men’s health issues in the spotlight, the Men’s Shed movement is gaining popularity with men of all ages and encourages those from different backgrounds to get together to increase their health and well-being.
Ron’s fellow “shedders” said it was easy to nominate Ron for the award because of the long hours he put into the Manning Men’s Shed and strong leadership qualities, or as Ron, himself says, “often dealing with too many chiefs and not enough Indians”.
More than 50 years of teaching experience, including seven years in trades and the Army Reserve, has taught Ron how to relate to people from all backgrounds.
He encourages those who suffer from depression or dementia to become involved in the Manning Men’s Shed and he already has plans to encourage ex-servicemen to become involved.
Stalwart Ron Tompkin.