A MAN who has his origins in scouting in Canada and Wanneroo has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Larry Lucas, who has been the Scouts WA Chief Commissioner since 2010, grew up in the movement in Canada and got involved with 1st Wanneroo Scout Group after emigrating to Australia.
“When my son was 8 we found ourselves on the doorstep of the Wanneroo Scout hall; he became a cub scout and I became a leader,” he said.
Very humbled with the Queen’s Birthday Honour, he said scouting was about “education for life”.
“As leaders we’re there to shepherd young people through the scout program,” he said.
“I believe it is the best in the world to keep them focused on self-esteem, feeling good about themselves and out of trouble plus provide educational qualifications.”
n Former Kingsley MLA Cheryl Edwardes was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the people and Parliament of WA, to the law and to the environment, and through executive roles with business, education and community organisations.
n Norm Manners, of Pearsall, was awarded an OAM for service to veterans and their families. He has been president of the Highgate RSL, commentator of the WA Anzac March, chairman of the Kings Park Honour Avenue Group for 11 years and the author of Bullwinkel – The Story of a Young Australian Nurse.
n Ian Goyder, of Duncraig, was awarded an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations, including the WA Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia, North Beach RSL, St Columba’s Anglican Church, Scarborough, Marmion Probus Club, Perth Rostrum Club and Sussex Hostel Parents and Friends Association.