RUSHWORTH’S Harry Ashton has been announced as the Learn Local Volunteer Champion at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards.
But he seems more interested in talking about what others are up to.
“A lot of the awards went to people who were doing things I didn’t even know about. People are doing some amazing things to help their communities,” he said.
The local legend, who has played a key role in transforming lives through the Rushworth Community House and Men’s Shed, said he was surprised to receive the award.
“It was definitely unexpected. Like everybody there, I do these things because I really like people – not for a pat on the back,” he said.
“Just making someone smile through what I do is so rewarding. I’ve been volunteering for years and I plan to continue for many years to come, while I’m still young.
“I hope this award will inspire others to get involved in their communities.”
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes congratulated Mr Ashton on receiving the award.
“We have so many locals like Harry giving back to the community and these awards are a chance for us to show them our appreciation,” she said.
The Victorian Learn Local Awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff who work tirelessly to help others.
Ms Symes said the Andrews Labor Government is building a strong training system, ensuring all Victorians – regardless of age, postcode or background — have access to high-quality training.
Learn Locals have also benefited from the government’s $20 million reconnect program, which provides wrap around support to help Victoria’s most disadvantaged learners into training.