TREVOR Wilson was moved to tears yesterday when he was named the winner of the Grace Roberts Community Development Award for 2004.
The award recognises the efforts of an Aboriginal person who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal people in Coffs Harbour.
In accepting the award from Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, Mr Wilson said it was one of the few times he was lost for words.
He paid tribute to 'Aunty' Grace Roberts who worked towards the betterment of her people as a parent, friend, grandmother, aunt, advisor, disciplinarian, visionary and campaigner.
Mr Wilson also recognised the work of other award nominees Belinda Peel (Galambila Aboriginal Health Centre), Delma Donnelly (Aboriginal Family Community Care Centre) and Michael Rodgers (Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council co-ordinator).
"This award means a great deal to me," Mr Wilson said.
His voluntary work traverses organisations such as the Sawtell Surf Club, Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Family Care, the local land council, the Gumbular Julipi Elders' Corporation, the Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee (as chairman) and the Boambee rural fire brigade. He is also a foster parent with the Department of Com- munity Services and lays wreaths in memory of fallen Aborig- inal diggers on Anzac Day and Remem- brance Day.