NEVER mind winning, Dr David Howe is pretty chuffed just to be nominated for this year’s Citizen of the Year award on Australia Day.
A member of the Orange community for 32 years, Dr Howe is also an avid volunteer with Camp Quality and has devoted time to be the camp doctor, camp leader or a carer for children over a period of 22 years with the charity.
It is for this commitment Dr Howe has been nominated for Orange Citizen of the Year, to be presented at this year’s Australia Day award ceremony on January 26.
“It was a lovely surprise and a huge honour,” he said.
“I feel very humbled to be nominated.
It’s the first time the 56-year-old has been nominated for an Australia Day award.
“Most of the time I go as the doctor for the camps but others times I’ve been a camp leader and carer for children,” Dr Howe said.
He does it to help children battling cancer.
“Just the satisfaction of being able to help the children in the cause, children with cancer,” he said.
“To provide them with fun, a chance to not have to worry too much about their illness, a chance to get away from over-protective parents, and also seeing parents get their chance to have a break away from the stresses of a sick child as well.
“As a charity it’s a pretty worthwhile cause, I suppose being a doctor and becoming involved, it’s been a privilege to be involved and offer my help and support.”
Also nominated for citizen of the year are Lynette Bullen, Wanda Driscoll, Leanne Dubbelde, Cathy Goodlock, Denis Mullen, John Sinclair, Lloyd Stevens, Dianne Aitken, Fiona Rossiter and Christine Thompson.