A Queensland man living in an RSL Care aged care facility has been presented the Daniel’s Shield Resident of the Year Award.

Jack McLachlan received the prize for the contribution he makes through his volunteering at Cunningham Villas in Bowen, Queensland.

Mr McLachlan began to help out at Cunningham Villas a year ago when the facility’s library was being relocated.

He now manages the library on a daily basis, sorting through returned books, identifying books in need of repair and rotating the books that are kept in storage. He also sorts through books donated from the local library.

“[Mr McLachlan] escorts people to and from activities and reminds other residents of choir practise each Tuesday,” said the facility’s diversional therapist, Nancy Bellert.

“He helps to set up activities and attends most activities organised.

“He spends time with other residents that are unable to mobilise, providing social support by chatting with them as well as other little tasks when care staff are busy, such as getting a jug of water or magazines.”

Ms Bellert said Mr McLachlan’s cheerful disposition has had a positive impact on other residents.

“The other residents have been more involved in the activities after seeing Jack’s enthusiasm for everything that is happening in the village,” she said.

“Jack often says, ‘I live here, it’s my home, so why not help?’ He believes that everyone living in the same community should look after each other.”

Mr Cunningham said he was happy to of assistance in whatever way he could.

“Helping others is a fantastic and rewarding feeling! It keeps me busy and I love to support those who need it,” he said.

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