Honoured: Mervyn Reid of Thornlands was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to veterans and their families. Photo: Cheryl GoodenoughTwo residents from the Redlands were awarded a Medalof the Order of Australiaon Australia Day.
Mervyn Reid from Thornlands was given the award for service to veterans and their families and Stathis E. Efstathis, of Raby Bay, received the award for service to the Greek community of Queensland.
Mr Reid has helped veterans through various organisations includingthrough the RSL’s South Eastern District based at Greenslopes Private Hospital for 20 years.
He works with seven volunteers who have been together for 18 years.
The team provides counselling and information to help veterans and their families to get entitlements.
“Our main aim is to give information and to follow up with action, if required,” he said.
Mr Reid said his commitment to volunteer work is a result of his personal experience.
“I was on my own and I floundered,” he said.
As a result he underwent training to be able to help veterans and their families.
He described his volunteer work as very rewarding.
“It gives a sense of satisfaction to see people get their entitlements and walk away with a smile on their face and their families are so appreciative.”
Mr Reid said receiving the OAM was quite a shockand very humbling.
“Its for the veterans that we as a team have represented over the years and those in the future that we can help.
“It also wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners and family,” he said.
Mr Reid expressed his gratitude to his team and the hospital staff who are supportive of the services they provide.
Amongst his other involvement, Mr Reid has been president of the Airfield Defence Guard Association since 2004 and a founder member of the association since 1968.
He has also been a life member and advocate for the 2Squadron Association since 1997 and isa member of the Tarakan Reunion, an association for defence personnel who served in Borneo in 1945.
Mr Reid has been the Airfield Defence Association delegate to the Brisbane ANZAC Day Planning Committee for many years.
Mr Efstathis said he was inspired to do honorary work by his father during his childhood in Northern Queensland.
Having started in his mid-20s, he has done a lot of service work in the Greek community.
From 1985 to 1989 Mr Efstathiswas vice-president and president of of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George in Brisbane and he was made a life member in 2000.
He was awarded the Australian Kastellorizian of the Year in 2013 and became a life member of the Kastellorizian Association of Queensland in the same year.
Mr Efstathis was also president of the Brisbane branch of the association in the 1970s.
He has been an active member of the Paniyiri Festival since 1979 and president of the Greek Orthodox Youth Associationat branch, state and national levels.
Mr Efstathis was chairman of the steering committee of the Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank in 2004 and inaugural board director from 2005 to 2007.
He was honorary chairman of the Pelican’s Nest Shopping Centre Body Corporate in Victoria Point for 15 years and was a director of the Redlands Community Financial Services.
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