The Eden community is celebrating that one of its own, Jack Dickenson, has been awarded the Order of Australia medal in the general division of the Australia Day awards.
Jack’s citation for service to the community reads like the selfless, caring, community-minded person Mr Dickenson is.
President of the community-owned, award winning, not-for-profit Eden Killer Whale Museum for 18 years, Mr Dickenson has also held executive positions at eh EKWM and organised back to Eden celebrations to mark the Museum’s 50th birthday in 1981.
He is the founding president of the South East History Group, the Eden Men's Shed and the Eden Lions Club.
He held the position of president of the Eden Chamber of Commerce from 1991-1994, vice-president from 1987–1990, treasurer from 1990-1991 and member from 1972 to 1997.
Jack was president of the Eden Area Committee in 1989, and of Nullica Lodge Aged Care Facility Advisory Committee, in the early 1990s.
He has been vice-president of the Eden Service and Social Club for four years, treasurer for three years, publicity and bulletin officer for four years, public officer for five years and member for 20 years.
He was president of the Eden Apex Club (formerly known as the Eden-Genoa Apex Club)in 1972 and became a life member in 1977.
Mr Dickenson was also secretary of the Bombala Apex Club from 1970-1971, a member from 1968-1971, and publicity and bulletin officer from 1969 to 1970.
President of the Eden Singers from 2010 to 2013 and Justice of the Peace for 40 years, Mr Dickenson has also been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Eden for 15 years.
The Magnet caught up with Mr Dickenson OAM at the Australia Day Owen Allan Cricket match on Sunday.
Read Thursday’s Magnet for a feature length story on Mr Dickenson.