ONE of the privileges of working as a regional journalist is getting to meet so many wonderful, interesting and inspiring people.
These are the folks who make the wheels turn and follow their dreams.
Survivors, doers, thinkers, and dreamers.
They don't take no for an answer and never shy away from life's challenges.
These are our everyday heroes and heroines.
Of course, many would prefer to keep doing their thing without applause and will only step into the limelight reluctantly and when called to do so.
I'm endlessly fascinated by individuals who have found their passion in life.
Today I'd like to take a moment to congratulate one of the Clarence Valley's most active and long-serving volunteers, David Abrahams, who was named NSW Volunteer of the Year at a gala event in Sydney last Friday.
When I asked him why he gave away his time and skills, he simply said it was a nice way to meet people and help others, the community, and the country. To Mr Abrahams and all our wonderful volunteers in the Clarence Valley, I thank you.