RECEIVING an Order of Australia Medal is a “very great honour” for Wangaratta resident Graham Kerr.
Mr Kerr has a long list of involvement with organisations including UnitingCare, Apex, Wangaratta Council, Wangaratta Arts Centre, Wangaratta College of TAFE and a range of cricket, football and basketball teams.
He is a former Australian Sports Medal recipient and Wangaratta Citizen of the Year, and has a Victorian Country Cricket League trophy named in his honour.
“You just wake up in the morning and you go to bed at night once you’ve done all the things you have to do,” he said.
“You just make time.”
Mr Kerr started volunteer work as a teenager, following the example set by his mother.
“She was a great volunteer at school and church and the football club,” he said.
“We just thought that was the way you lived.
“My two sisters and brother have been the same, they’ve all been involved in all sorts of volunteer work.
“I’m the lucky one who had someone put in a submission (for the OAM) on my behalf.”
His wife, Jenny, has been a great support.
“She’s always put up with me being at meetings,” Mr Kerr said.
“It’s created lots of opp-ortunities to do things and meet people.
“I’ve slowed down a bit but I’m content with the things that I’m doing.”