Recognition: Peter Innes has been recognised as a community leader finalist in the 2015 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEPeter Innes’s life work of striving to help people in the community has seen him recognised as a community leader finalist in the 2015 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards in the Local Hero Category.
Spreading his time between roles as a City of Ballarat councillor, primary school teacher and co-ordinator of Ballarat Secondary College’s LinkUp young parents program is no mean feat. But the Buninyong resident’s ethos is simple.
“I’ve always believed that if you think something should be changed, don’t whinge about it, do it,” he said.
Mr Innes has been a school teacher for decades and a councillor since 1993. But it is his tireless work as the co-ordinator of the LinkUp program which has seen him stand out from the rest.
The aim of the program, which is run by volunteers and teaching staff, is to support young parents to get back into education and the workforce.
“Since starting that group eight years ago I’ve had more satisfaction in my teaching career than I ever thought possible,” Mr Innes said.
“Some of these young people have had absolutely horrendous things happen to them. To be able to, along with staff, literally put them back together again and see them make something of their life is indescribable.”
Cr Innes said was humbled to be alongside the other three Victoria finalists in his category: breast cancer fundraiser Louise Davidson, humanitarian Justin Dickinson and child crusader Jane Rowe.
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