ON YA CECIL: Cecil Woods was awarded Dalby and District's Local Volunteer of the Year on January 26, 2021. Picture: Sam Turner
ON YA CECIL: Cecil Woods was awarded Dalby and District's Local Volunteer of the Year on January 26, 2021. Picture: Sam Turner

Dalby hero rewarded for three decades of volunteering

A teary eyed and humbled Dalby hero was the recipient of the district’s local volunteer award for his selfless work in the Western Downs community.

Cecil Woods accepted the award at the Australia Day celebrations held in Thomas Jack Park on January 26, and was blown away by the reception.

An emotional Mr Woods said it was just “unbelievable” that he was recognised, saying he just wanted to help the community that has given him so much over the years.

“It was very rewarding to receive this,” he said.

“I’d like to thank whoever nominated me for this award,” he said.

Mr Woods is a regular face around the district, volunteering for the Dalby brigade for more than 33 years, as well as the Dalby and District Pony and Hack Club, Rural Fire Service, Rotary Men’s Shed, and the Dalby Historical Society.

He admits he does “get around a bit”, with Mr Woods also helping at Dalby State High School each year, and Meals on Wheels.

His work with the elderly is what he enjoys the most, saying he relishes the opportunity to chat with them each week.

“I get to talk to all of the old people and have a chat, and they’re always happy to have a yarn,” he said.

“It’s my favourite part of my volunteering, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”


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