Lismore was very lucky to have Darcy Goodwin living here. His tireless work in feeding the community’s most vulnerable will long be remembered. To help celebrate a life full of kindness and generosity, next year’s Australia Day Community Services Award will be named in his honour. Darcy was the winner of this award in 1988.
Mayor Jenny Dowell said, ‘Darcy was a great man and a huge asset to our community. He will be missed by many. The dedication of this individual award is one way we can honour him and his work. It’s fitting that it’s the same award that Darcy won in 1988.’
The winner of the Darcy Goodwin Community Services Award will be announced at the January 26, 2013 Australia Day Service at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre. Nominations are now open for this and other awards until December 20.
Lismore Council also announced that it will honour Darcy Goodwin by hanging his portrait at the Lismore Library. Local artist Harry Westera has loaned the portrait to hang on the first floor of the Lismore Library from Monday 27 August.
Jenny said, ‘It’s a fantastic portrait and really captures Darcy’s kind heart and life’s work. I’m so glad that everyone will get a chance to see it.’
On Friday 7 September at 11am, the Human Library will be held at the Lismore Library. Human Libraries are a way for connecting and strengthening local communities through conversation. Members of the public are able to borrow a living person for a conversation rather than borrowing a book.
Jenny said, ‘Darcy was a supporter of the Human Library and kindly gave his time to be a “book”. I hope people will visit the Human Library and take the opportunity to view Darcy’s portrait upstairs while they are there.’