Retired Farmer heavily involved in Skipton Community Awarded Citizen Of The Year
Skipton’s John Kavanagh has today been announced as the Corangamite Shire’s 2020 Citizen of the Year at the Council’s Australia Day celebrations in Port Campbell.
Mr Kavanagh’s life of service to the community started 64 years ago when he joined the CFA as a 14 year old.
“I held just about every position in the CFA: fire manager, deputy group officer, strike team, leader sector commander. My first job was radio and I’ve been doing radio ever since on and off.”
The former Mannibadar farmer moved to Skipton “10 or 15 years ago,” and became a timber cutter, carting loads as far as Camperdown, Colac and Alvie.
In Skipton he kept up his lifelong association with the CFA and became involved in numerous other groups as well, including helping set up the Skipton Branch of the Friends of the RSL.
He has also held the role of president of the Skipton Cemetery Trust, been involved in the town hall committee, is in the photography club and was active with the St Vincent de Paul Society for more than 25 years.
Mr Kavanagh said his motivation to serve the community came down to “Things need to be done”, His wife of 52 years, Cath, has been by his side every step of the way.