Ballinas Allen Findlay, (pictured with his wife Mu

Ballinas Allen Findlay, (pictured with his wife Muriel), wont take all the credit for his Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), saying his loving partner is just as worthy of the award.

I feel humbled and proud to accept this medal, Allen said. But I will share the honour with my wife, who is equally deserving.

Allen has volunteered for many years with at St Andrews Village, a retirement community in Ballina, and was also recognised for his service to public education. He was a teacher for most of his working life before being appointed regional director for the Department of Education in the Northern Rivers.

My parents had five sons and two of us have had the honour of being selected to receive the medal, said Allen, who is a sixth generation Australian, descended from a convict who travelled on the First Fleet. My parents would have been so proud.


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