KEVIN Horne, who works with Holroyd police as a support person for juveniles in police custody and is president of the Holroyd Council committee for Jones and Freame Park, has been idenitifed by Holroyd mayor Nasr Kafrouni as a community champion and an example for others to follow.
"It is people in the community like Mr Horne who encourage and inspire us to give back to Holroyd, and it is his loyalty that we are most thankful for," Cr Kafrouni said.
Mr Horne has offered time to the council's Aged and Disability Services Advisory Committee and helped run safety events for aged and frail residents.
Cr Kafrouni said over the last 50 years, Mr Horne had made himself available to those who are vulnerable in the community either through the council's services or alongside Holroyd police local area command.
Mr Horne said he began volunteering to "balance" his paid work.
"It's much easier to talk to people rather than machines," Mr Horne said.
"Now I'm at a point in my life where my experience and expertise can lend itself to the older generation, and I want to help them continue to live independent lives in Holroyd."
For details on how to volunteer, call 9840 9840.