LOCAL HERO: North Burnett's Volunteer of the Year Martin Swain of Biggenden with BATS' Judy Harvey has been nominated for a Local Hero Community award.
LOCAL HERO: North Burnett's Volunteer of the Year Martin Swain of Biggenden with BATS' Judy Harvey has been nominated for a Local Hero Community award. Erica Murree

More honours for our volunteer of the year

NORTH Burnett's Volunteer of the Year Martin Swain of Biggenden has been nominated for yet another award, this time Community Hero Award.

The Biggenden local fits all the criteria the award represents having displayed courage in overcoming a personal adversity as well as demonstrating leadership in trying times.

The Community Hero Award acknowledges those everyday people doing extraordinary things within their community

Mr Swain has had a positively impacted on the the lives of those people in his volunteer role as a tutor at the Burnett Adult Tutoring Society (BATS).

BATS' Judy Harvey said Marty has had severe pain as a result of a workplace accident some 24 years ago but has maintained a positive frame of mind by assisting others on a regular basis.

"He initially started as a student to learn to use a computer and went onto volunteer for many years before completing a qualification in literacy and numeracy training to further assist community members," she said.

Mr Swain said one of his proudest achievements was helping a young person with their literacy to successfully gain their driver's licence.

"Knowing I have been nominated for another award is a bit daunting," he said.

"This is all just a bit out of my comfort zone.

"Helping others, it's the way my mum brought me up."

Judging will take place on Friday October 5 while the finalists and winners will be presented and winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner at the end of November.

Each category winner receives $2500 while every nomination receives a certificate of achievement.


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