The outstanding service to the community by a resident in a Catholic Homes’ retirement village in Duncraig has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and been awarded an Order of Australia Medal.
Ninety one year old Ian Woodroffe Goyder, of Trinity Village, has dedicated himself to numerous organisations over the years, all on a voluntary basis. His services include being a Justice of the Peace since 1980, acting as warden for the North Beach sub branch of the RSL and speaking at Anzac Day ceremonies since 2004.
Other commitments include being president of St Columba Men’s Club, founding member and former president of Marmion Probus Club and he has also held several senior positions within St Columba’s Anglican Church in Scarborough.
Mr Goyder is extremely modest about his OAM award, saying simply that it was a “pleasant surprise and I feel honoured.”
He follows in similar footsteps to his mother, whose outstanding work in the community was recognised by her being presented with a British Empire Medal.
“When I heard about my OAM I instantly thought of my mother, who would have been pleased and proud. She instilled very good values in me,” he says.
He says one of the main areas he has concentrated on during his community work, is the education of Justices of the Peace, through his work with the Royal Association of Justices of Western Australia.
Mr Goyder says he also wants to give credit to his wife Judith, who has not only been extremely patient throughout the years, while he has devoted many hours to his unpaid community work, but also who has also done a huge amount of voluntary work herself.
“Judith has been very supportive, looking after our children and taking care of the home.”