balancing books will be a thing of the past for one of Alexandra’s dedicated volunteers.

Graeme Parr has signed off from his role as Alexandra Community Advice Network treasurer, which was marked with a farewell morning tea last week.

A gathering was held following the group’s annual meeting at Community House on Wednesday, where Mr Parr talked about how his involvement began.
It all started in December, 1997 when he decided to do some volunteer work for Alexandra’s Citizens Advice Bureau.

He became treasurer early on and continued in that role when the organisation became Alexandra Community Advice Network in 2010.
Mr Parr said helping others was his main motivator and the after-match functions were a bonus.

He said the role the group had within the community was ‘‘very important’’ and had assisted many people over the years.
‘‘There’s been quite a few we’ve been able to help.’’

In 2008, Mr Parr took on the role of the Meals on Wheels coordinator, looking after the 50 volunteers who were on the roster.

He has stepped down from his Alexandra Community Advice Network roles due to health reasons, which will allow him more time to keep up with current affairs via online newspapers.

His wife, Isobel Parr, said the organisation had been great to both of them over the years.
‘‘It’s been going both ways. I think they are special,’’ she said, of the service.

Mr Parr was presented with a certificate of appreciation for long service and was made a life member during last week’s celebrations.

Anne Dougherty has taken over the role of treasurer and Annette Meyer is now the Meals on Wheels co-ordinator.

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