COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Graham Dark

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (20:06): I acknowledge Graham Dark for his extensive service to the community of Maitland and congratulate him on receiving a NSW Community Service Award in recognition of this sustained dedication.


Graham is a prodigious fundraiser, serving as chair of Maitland's Relay for Life. He has battled cancer for the past 30 years, and served as a patient advocate with the Cancer Council of NSW. Graham has served as an office-bearer with many organisations including Maitland Senior Citizens, Maitland Regional Museum and Maitland Historical Society. He served for four years as a Maitland City Councillor; is a past winner of the Maitland Medal, which honours the city's Volunteer of the Year; and is a past Maitland Citizen of the Year. Graham has held a number of official positions throughout his years with APEX and Rutherford-Telarah Probus and is a founding member of West Maitland Centennial Lions.


What a list—and he is not done yet! I visited Graham and his wife, Lyn, the other day. He is still in recovery from yet another round with cancer, but he was sorting stamps for his long-term stamp collecting project that raises funds for leukaemia research. Good on you, Graham.