Long-time volunteer Bruce Moore was recently honoured at ceremony to mark his retirement after 30 years of service with the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre (VIC)
Toowoomba Regional Council Chair of the Environment and Community Committee Cr Geoff McDonald said Bruce’s contribution as a volunteer has made a very real difference in the community and to our visitors as a long-term committed volunteer.
‘He has been volunteering one to two times a week for over 30 years and has rarely missed a shift, Cr McDonald said.
“When asked why he is so committed to volunteering Bruce will answer, it’s because “I like talking to people and having a good ‘ol laugh with people’, Cr McDonald said.
“Bruce takes a lot of pride in what he does. He is great at telling stories and knows Toowoomba inside out.
“He starts his shift early, so before the other volunteers even arrive – he has re-stocked brochures, swept the deck and put out the tables & chairs, so that all is ready for visitors.
“On numerous occasions, Bruce has been so enthusiastic he has greeted visitors on the deck, before they’ve even made it through the door.
“Last year there was even a comment on Trip Advisor which simply said – ‘When visiting (Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre) try and talk with Bruce if he is around, this guy is a legend.’
Cr McDonald also thanked Bruce’s wife Lynelle for giving Bruce each week to the community, when he could have been at home attending to whatever Lynelle needed Bruce to attend to.
“Volunteers are the glue that holds a community together and we are so fortunate in our region to have an abundance of generous and committed people, like Bruce, who want to make their part of the world a better place to live in.
“Bruce’s volunteering doesn’t only include the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre; he also spent many years helping Meals on Wheels and the Darling Heights School.
“Bruce Moore’s 30 years of service and his amazing contributions as a volunteer which saw him helping our visitors, residents, the community and the tourism industry are irreplaceable.
“Bruce is a role model volunteer and our community need more like Bruce Moore.”