18 April, 2023
Barry Chandler awarded Tooraweenah Lion’s Club senior citizen of the year for 2023
Barry Chandler is one of those tireless volunteers, who never takes credit for himself.
Recently awarded Tooraweenah Lions Club’s
Senior Citizen of the Year for 2023, was an honour
well-deserved, despite his humble objections.
“I just didn’t think I had done enough; I
haven’t done anything outstanding, but I am
very grateful to the Lions Club, and I thank them
for my nomination and for selecting me,” he
Contrary to Barry’s beliefs, he has been
involved in almost every committee or community
event the village has held in recent times.
From his involvement in the Tooraweenah
Show, to his position on the ANZAC committee,
support of the golf club, Lions club, and
endurance ride, Mr Chandler does everything he
can for the place he has always called home.
“I have lived here for all my life, I just turned
70,” he said.
“We have had the family farm here
for 76 years, and we just always helped the local
show, and all the organisations that have been
around,” he explained. He is happy, he added, to
just pitch-in, whenever there is a local need.
“I’ve always been quite happy to help the
local community whichever way I can,” he said.
“I really appreciate them nominating and
selecting me, I was very surprised.”
Humbled by the nomination, Mr Chandler
paid special mention to his old schoolteacher
from times past, Mrs Zell. Attending
Tooraweenah Public School in the early 1960s,
there were around 120 children enrolled.
“I had a very good schoolteacher back then,
Jenny Zell, she used to teach me. I had a lot of
respect for her.
“She taught all the students very well, and I
still see her from time-to-time. I learnt a lot from
her,” he said.
Mr Chandler gave a speech at the Tooraweenah Lions Senior Citizen luncheon, where he thanked many members of the community for their support and friendship over the years.