Logan launches search for new Senior Ambassador

Published: 30 Jun 2017

The annual hunt for Logan’s next Senior Ambassador has begun with nominations now being called.

City Image Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Smith said Council was seeking seniors who were active in the areas of health, arts and culture, local community, environment or youth activities to become the 2017 Senior Ambassador.

“You may nominate someone you know or perhaps yourself for this special role,” Cr Smith said.

“Former teacher and State Emergency Services (SES) volunteer Terry Chapman has been a wonderful ambassador for the past year and we are looking forward to bestowing this accolade soon on another deserving community member.”

The closing date for nominations for the position is Monday 24 July.

Cr Smith said the 2017 Senior Ambassador would be announced at the free Logan Loves Seniors event on 15 August at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Mr Chapman said he was pleased to have been named as the 2016 ambassador as receiving the award had helped him spread the word about the ethos of volunteering.

“The ambassadorship enabled me to be a role model for many people in the wider community, people with different backgrounds, cultures, ages and ethnicities,” he said.

“It also helped me to encourage life-long participation in the community.

“I strongly believe that It is better to wear out than rust out and I feel it’s important to share this attitude with our senior community.

“As a long-term resident of Logan, I passionately believe Logan is the heart of South-East Queensland and that our community has great pride and potential for growth, both now and into the future.

“As an operational SES member, I assist the general community during emergencies and natural disasters and am responsible for contributing to the safety of the community by spreading relevant information.

“As a senior community member this role has given me a sense of belonging and has taught me practical skills, resilience and team spirit.

“I enjoy working with people who are passionate about the role of SES members.

“One doesn’t do the job in the hope or expectation of receiving awards such as this however the award has given me a channel to reach more people with messages about active retirement and resilience and for this I am very grateful.”

More information about the Senior Ambassador’s role can be found online at www.logan.qld.gov.au/seniorsaward