Bilinga retiree receives OAM for community work
DECADES of caring for the Tweed Heads community led Neville Lesina to one of the biggest days of his life on Thursday.
The Bilinga retiree received the Order of Australia Medal from Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey at Government House in Brisbane.
Having already known he was to receive the award, there were no nerves for Mr Lesina, but there was a great deal of pride.
"It's a terrific honour," said Mr Lesina, who was joined at the ceremony by his wife Pat.
"I don't think you can get a higher civil award."
Mr Lesina has been with Meals on Wheels since 1987 and became the president of the group in 2008.
He is also a founding member of the Bilinga Neighbourhood Watch and has been involved in the RSL, Twin Towns Euchre Club and Twin Towns and District Garden Club among other groups.
But it is not awards that motivate Mr Lesina.
He said he enjoyed the social aspect of Meals on Wheels as much as the people he was helping do.
The rugby league fan and former representative player said if you get involved in the community, "you're in boots and all".
- APN NEWSDESK