Young book lover wins service gong
A LOVE of books and a willingness to help out in his community has scored Aaron Wilkes of Evans Head a Kids in Community award.
Presented at the Lismore Workers Club on June 27, the awards were open to young people aged 13-25.
They recognise the positive contribution young people make to communities.
For Mr Wilkes the award recognised his service through volunteering at the Evans Head branch of the Richmond Upper Clarence Regional Library.
"I do everything from shelving to book repairs and book covering, to working on the circulation desk and helping out people with the computers," Mr Wilkes said.
"I am actually qualified to be a library technician but I want to get some practical experience then maybe move up to a librarian in a year or two.
"Mainly I just love books and helping people to love and appreciate books like I do, I guess."
The award also recognised Mr Wilkes work teaching computing to seniors every week at the Chill Cafe at Evans Head.
"There is an online starter course that I help with and that is everything from the different parts of the computer to larger office documents and using emails and the internet," he said.
Mr Wilkes said receiving the award came as a surprise and that he expected another nominee to take the top gong over him.
"I was actually very shocked to be nominated," Mr Wilkes said.
"I wasn't even going to go to the awards ceremony because I doubted I would have won."
KIDS IN COMMUNITY
Past and present Evans River K-12 students nominated for Kids in Community awards were:
Christine Warren - Serving Our Community
Aaron Wilkes - Serving Our Community (winner)
Jim Kemp - Achieving Against All Odds
Izack Rodda - Achieving Against All Odds