Bill?s always there for the community
THE one thing that Bill Phillips could never do is turn his back on a community in need.
So despite getting on in years, every day he wakes with the aim to do as much as possible to make a positive difference to the city he loves to call home ? Coffs Harbour.
"What leads me to be so active in the community is that the community is in so much need," Mr Phillips, who is the current president of Coffs Harbour Legacy, said.
"There is always something to be done, or someone to help, even when it isn't so obvious."
It is for this passion that Mr Phillips was yesterday named Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year.
A proud veteran of war, Mr Phillips has written dozens of books on the history of war and gives regular lectures to schools on war history.
So eager was he to become part of Australia's military tradition, he joined the army at the young age of 15 ? lying on his application and getting his brother to take the medical for him. He was deployed overseas before he was 18 years old.
Mr Philips loves working with our younger residents and truly believes the youth are our future.
"I go to schools to motivate students to reach their potential, to never put themselves down and to set goals ? knowing they have so many opportunities," he said. "We need to listen to the young people. They have a voice and need to be recognised."
Mr Phillips also serves as a representative on the NSW Drug Awareness Council and provides Clinical Pastoral Care visits to people in nursing homes, hospitals and at home.