TWO decades ago Ron Little set out to supply elderly residents in his home town of Myrtleford with medical alarms.
The Alpine Shire winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award never thought about how the device one day would help him.
“I have one now because of my crook ticker,” Mr Little said.
“I’ve had a few stumbles and things like this happen to you when get older.”
He still makes it his duty to set up elderly residents with the alarm, despite turning 90 in May.
“I had one woman who wouldn’t wear the thing and then one day she had a fall,” Mr Little said.
“She lay on the floor all night and was lucky someone checked on her in the morning.
“You would practically have to operate to get it off her now.”
Over the year he has served on many committees, including being a foundation member of Little Athletics, president and secretary of the Myrtleford Youth Club and member of the committee that led to the establishment of Marian College.
Mr Little was also a member of the Myrtleford Lions Club for more than 10 years and is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Meanwhile, Alpine Shire’s Young Achiever for Bright and District was awarded to talented performer, film-maker and radio presenter Grace Griffith.
The 16-year-old entered a national anti-cyber-bullying film competition last year producing, directing, writing and acting in a short film Your Ears and Eyes Aren’t Painted On.
She won a trip to Sydney to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Arts for a week, where she helped make a television commercial for the Human Rights Commission on cyber-bullying — but a panel preferred her winning entry.
This year, Grace won a University of Melbourne scholarship from 1800 students from across Victoria.