Tom Strickland OAM

Now approaching eight decades, my life has enjoyed many layers of associations. Most are measured in decades rather than in days. Despite the challenges, it’s been a great journey:

  • Left school at 14 to enter Local Government.
  • Ordained minister at 19. Since married some 400 couples, similar number of funerals.
  • Married Nancy when I was 21. Three sons, eight grandkids plus one great grandchild.
  • Rotary Group Study Exchange Award 1972 to USA and Canada. Joined Rotary 1973.
  • My first humanitarian community involvement was the Wongala Housing Co-Op 1970’s.
  • Musical comedy theatre, played principal/support roles mostly in the 1980’s.
  • Cultural involvements: Eisteddfods, Toastmasters, Bush Poets, CHWG.
  • Commercial Pilot/Flight Instructor – approved CASA Testing Officer for Pilot Licensing.
  • TAFE Teacher of Aviation Studies.
  • Founders of Camp Quality Nth NSW, Nancy and I spent 22 volunteer years serving needs of kids living with cancer.
  • Served as a Juvenile Justice Conference convenor.
  • Several electronic ventures that starve for promotional finance. Currently:
  • One home for the past 50 years, tried retirement three times but chose to wear out – rather than rust out.
  • Building a two seater “Experimental” aeroplane, expecting to fly early in 2018.
  • Meeting people makes my day worthwhile.