Gerald's selfless work recognised
ORDER of Australia medal recipient Gerald Victor says his motivation for helping people comes down to one simple ingredient.
“You have to love people,” the businessman said following the announcement that he was included in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Mr Victor has been a Rotarian for the past 26 years and in addition acts as a marriage celebrant, boxing referee, social housing chairman, mentor to businesses and Justice of the Peace.
The list of positions he has held with various community organisations is exhaustive and includes acting as the secretary of the Rockhampton Historical Society in 1989 and chairman of Central Queensland Lifeline between 1996 and 1997.
“The basic ingredient is you have to love people,” he said.
“If you do not love people you will not do it.”
He said the highlight of 30 years service to the community was in his role as chairman of Rockhampton and Environs Accessible Community Housing.
REACH manages community housing for the disadvantaged as well as parolees, pensioners and indigenous people.
Mr Victor said the breakdown of the Weaver St complex in Rockhampton was a “low point” and cited government regulation as a challenge for the organisation.
He spoke of moments in his work that had made it all worthwhile.
Mr Victor remembered when, as a marriage celebrant, he walked a bride down the aisle because she had no one to give her away.
And he recalls with pride young people he trained as apprentices still coming up to him to say “good day”.
Always on the lookout for a new challenge, Mr Victor is on his way to getting his pilot licence and is toying with the idea of working for Angel Flight.