Two of Bunbury’s unsung heroes from two different walks of life were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List yesterday.
South West Seniors Expo co-founder Merv Mancer and founding member of the Val Lishman Health Research Foundation Dr Graham Fisher were honoured with Order of Australia medals for their hard work and dedication in their particular fields.
The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. Mr Mancer, who started the Seniors Expo with his wife, Jo, eight years ago, said it was a massive shock to be given an OAM.
‘‘It was certainly a surprise,’’ he said.
‘‘I really didn’t expect to receive anything like this.’’
The 79-year-old has worked tirelessly to give seniors around the State ‘‘a fair go’’.
‘‘Eight years ago we could see there was a problem for seniors and knew they weren’t getting their entitlements and they didn’t know what was available to them,’’ Mr Mancer said.
‘‘The first two years we paid for the expo, we have come a long way since then.
‘‘Nearly 12,000 people attended last year and we are expecting this year’s expo to be even bigger.’’
Other associations Mr Mancer is involved with include the Seniors Recreation Council, the Seniors Forum and the Bunbury RSL.
Dr Fisher, who is currently overseas, has had a remarkable medical career spanning more than four decades.
He started as a general surgeon in the South West in 1977 and has been a huge part of The Val Lishman Health Research Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation based in the South West which promotes health research in regional areas.