Humbled, honoured and humiliated were the words Cobden’s Les Sumner used to describe his new title.
The Camperdown-born dairy farmer has earned the Order of Australia Medal in today’s Queen’s Birthday honours for his service to the community of Cobden.
Mr Sumner said he had always volunteered and contributed to his local community.
“It’s humiliating because you think of the other people around that are great people, volunteers all their lives,” he said.
“It’s definitely an honour but you feel humbled because you feel that probably there’s other people out there just as worthy as you.”
Mr Sumner has a vast and varied list of volunteer work and contributions to his community, with major involvements in the Country Fire Authority, Victorian Country Football League and St John Ambulance Australia.
“It’s just a very caring community, people just hop in and do things and that’s all I’ve done really,” Mr Sumner said.
“If no-one does it, nothing happens.”
Meanwhile, Colac-born mathematician Alison Harcourt received the title of Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to mathematics and computer science through pioneering research and development of integer linear programming.
See today’s Colac Herald to read more about the Order of Australia recipients in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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