We wish to congratulate Mr Peter McNair for being awarded – joint Willoughby Citizen of the Year for 2015!
For those who do not know Peter – we have included a copy of the nomination below –
Peter McNair lived in Northbridge for more than 60 years before he moved to Cammeray in 2012. He has been an involved member of the community and is currently a volunteer with three Northbridge community organisations and a Chatswood-based charity. Throughout a long business career, he acquired excellent management skills and has strong compassion for the less fortunate in the community.
Peter joined the Rotary Club of Northbridge in 2002. After holding several offices within the club, he became President in 2010. During his Presidency, he was instrumental in the club raising $80,000 mainly for Queensland flood relief, the Christchurch earthquake and the tsunami in Japan. He was awarded Rotary’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellow, in 2011.
In 2006/2007, Peter was a Council member of the Chatswood-based Alzheimers support group Keenagers. More recently, he has provided management advice to the Chatswood-based youth support organisation, Streetwork, and is currently a Director of the charity. Peter adds value to such organisations with his business wisdom and practical common sense.
Peter became President of Northbridge Progress Association in 2009. Under his leadership, the Association (that has more than 400 members) successfully represented the Northbridge community in many contentious local issues, including the proposed re-zoning of parts of Northbridge and the expansion of Northbridge Plaza. In 2008, he sat as a community representative on the joint Plaza/Council/Community committee reviewing plans for the expansion of Northbridge Plaza. He is well respected by Willoughby Councillors and officers.
In 2012, he received a North Sydney Community Award from the Hon Joe Hockey MP.
In 2011, Peter accepted the Chair of the committee that managed Northbridge Progress Association’s major project to celebrate in 2013 the 100th anniversary of the naming of Northbridge. In this role, he planned the Centenary celebrations and coordinated several important events, including Centenary Games, a Centenary memorabilia exhibition and a Centenary dinner.
As a project for the 2013 Centenary celebrations, Peter sought Council’s commitment to restoring the War Memorial Clocktower in Strathallen Avenue. Thanks to his persistence and persuasion, Council carried out the restoration work in 2014 in time for the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli landings. The work was partly funded by a Department of Veteran Affairs grant that Peter applied for and received on behalf of Northbridge Progress Association.
Peter joined Northbridge Probus Club in 2012 and is currently President of the club, which has more than 130 members.
Peter is a strong, lifetime member of his church. He is also an excellent singer, both for his church choir and for the Willoughby Symphony Choir.
He is a worthy recipient of the 2015 Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award.
The above nomination was prepared and written by local Northbridge resident, Mr Malcolm Lye, with the endorsement of both the Rotary Club of Northbridge as well as the Northbridge Progress Association Inc.
Please join us all in congratulating Peter on this award and for his fantastic achievements to date.