Community-minded Ian Smith firmly believes small towns such as Axedale, where he was once a resident, should have a justice of the peace.
So in 1990, when the local constabulary asked him if he would take on that role, naturally he said yes.
Unfortunately for Axedale, Ian moved to Bendigo some time later leaving a trail of volunteer work behind him.
“I lived in Axedale for 25 or 26 years and was secretary or treasurer of most of the organisations there at one time or another,” Ian says. “I held office on nine different committees.”
This pattern of volunteering continued in Bendigo where Ian has been involved in 17 different committees in the Bendigo Anglican Diocese over the years, including nine parish committees at the cathedral.
And he’s still a JP. “I’m on six committees at present,” he says cheerily. “The cathedral gift shop, the charities card shop, and I’m in my 20th year of running the Cathedral Art Show which is on October 25 to 27.
“Being a practising Christian, I feel it’s right we should help others.”
-- The Bendigo Advertiser’s “Roll of Honour” recognises volunteers and office-bearers who work for their community without seeking reward. If you know of a volunteer who merits recognition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5434 4470.