Caught short at ceremony
BRUNSWICK Heads identity Russell Siwicki would not normally attend a function dressed in walking shorts and sports shoes.
So the real estate agent was caught out in a big way when he found himself in the midst of an awards ceremony in his honour on Wednesday night.
Mr Siwicki had decided to walk to a chamber of commerce meeting and was keeping a low profile in the back row when suddenly he became the focus of the proceedings.
The chamber awarded him a clock in recognition of 10 years' service to the Brunswick Heads business community.
Following this, who should walk in but Ballina MP Don Page, followed by Mr Siwicki's wife and mother.
Mr Page was at the meeting to give Mr Siwicki a NSW Government Community Service Award and a Ballina Electorate Community Service Award.
“I was rather shocked,” Mr Siwicki said.
“I feel very honoured and humbled. But I always say achievements are a combined effort.”
Mr Siwicki has lived in Brunswick Heads for almost 40 years, having moved there with his family in November, 1969.
Over the years he has been a cub scout leader, a board member and president of Mullumbimby Apex Club, a board member and president of Mullumbimby Rotary Club, helped organise the Red Cross Appeal and Salvation Army Appeal in the Brunswick Valley, is on the Byron Shire police community liaison committee, has helped run local festivals organised by the chamber of commerce and is well-known as Santa in Brunswick Heads come Christmas time.
“I just love the village atmosphere and the beauty here. We know everyone in town and that is nice,” he said.