Man­ning up for oth­ers

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - D478854 Bron­wyn Dono­van

THE re­ward one gains from think­ing of and serv­ing oth­ers is an in­cred­i­ble and pow­er­ful thing, ac­cord­ing to Man­ning res­i­dent John Collins.

Mr Collins has lived in the City of South Perth for more than 50 years and been in­volved in sev­eral com­mu­nity projects and groups.

He is a for­mer South Perth mayor, past vice-pres­i­dent of the Man­ning Se­nior Cit­i­zens Cen­tre, past mem­ber of Perth Zoo’s Zoo­log­i­cal Parks Au­thor­ity Board, re­cent chair­man of St Pius X Catholic Par­ish Coun­cil and in 2006 he helped es­tab­lish the Man­ning Men’s Shed.

Mr Collins last month was awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (OAM) for his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity of Man­ning and to lo­cal govern­ment.

Mr Collins said he was hon­oured to have re­ceived the OAM but recog­nised he could not take all the credit for him­self.

“When I look through the ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions that I have been in­volved with over the past 40-50 years, I see all the peo­ple that came and went and how I would not have been able to com­plete that com­mu­nity ser­vice un­less I was a part of their teams,” he said.

“It has been a very re­ward­ing time and whilst my name is on the medal, it re­ally is for all those peo­ple, in all that time, in all those or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

A life­time of com­mu­nity ser­vice from John Collins has been recog­nised.

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