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Alan Hoskins recognised for distinguished service

Alan Hoskins recognised for distinguished service to the community

The Uniting community congratulates Mr Alan Winley Hoskins who received an award in the General Division of the Order of Australia, announced today in Canberra.

Alan has worked tirelessly to serve his family and community and is a passionate advocate for seniors living in regional Australia. His raft of achievements includes establishing the Lismore Regional Mission’s food pantry – a highly subsidised grocery store for people on pensions. He also initiated a partnership with the Lismore Community Garden, which provides groceries to the food pantry.

“The recognition of Alan’s outstanding contribution re-affirms what we have always known, he is dedicated to his community. For more than a decade he has selflessly worked to improve the lives of others,” said Heather Watson, Chair of the Uniting Board.  

Alan commenced as a volunteer member of the Uniting North Coast Regional Aged Care Board since its inception in 2004, and became its Chairman in 2008.  As Chairman, he became a member of the Uniting Ageing Board in 2009 and a member of the Uniting Board in 2014, until his retirement from the Board in 2015.  Alan continues to serve on Uniting Board sub-committees, is the current Chairperson of the Uniting North Coast Regional Council and is an active member of Lismore Uniting Church and Far North Coast Presbytery.

“I see first-hand the commitment and determination Alan displays every day as he strives to make a difference for the communities we are here to serve,” Ms Watson said.

Alan has worked hard to improve the services available for seniors living on the mid and far north coast of NSW. His efforts have contributed to the development of Uniting Pacifica Nambucca Heads and affordable independent housing for seniors, including Uniting services in Yamba, Goonellabah (Lismore) and Woodburn.

“The Uniting Board, staff and I congratulate Alan Hoskins on this well-deserved honour,” Ms Watson said.

ENDS

Alison Thyer, Media and Public Affairs Lead (Contact: athyer@uniting.org or 0457 568 938).