Veteran postie honoured with medal
A VETERAN postal worker who has dedicated his life and career to helping others and the wider community has received a prestigious accolade for his tireless efforts.
Gatton Post Office's postal manager Lawrie Johansen has received a bicentenary medal from his employer, Australia Post, for his contribution to the company during his 44 years of employment.
Mr Johansen, a humble winner, said he was honoured to receive the award.
“I'm not one to accept accolades. I just do what I do because I enjoy it - not for recognition,” Mr Johansen said.
“I enjoy helping the community and I get great satisfaction from helping wherever I can and I don't expect anything in return.”
Mr Johansen started working for Australia Post as a telegram boy when he was 17 at Roma and has gradually progressed up the ranks from a postman to second in charge, and postal manager.
He has worked for Australia Post in a variety of roles in Boggabilla, Roma, Augathella, Goondiwindi, Tara, Dalby and in 2006 was offered a role as postal manager at Gatton.
“It took me a while to settle in at first but I enjoy working here and I am here to stay,” he said.
“We have a great team at Gatton and we all work together and the people in the community are great.”
Mr Johansen was shortlisted for the award from more than 1000 nominations Australia-wide and joined only 250 throughout the country who were awarded with bicentenary medals.
The medals were awarded as part of Australia Post's bicentenary celebrations at a special ceremony in Brisbane this month.
Australia Post's commercial manager Helen Brodie said the bicentenary medals were awarded to recognise the significant contribution of Australia Post employees.
“He should be extremely proud of himself for the important role he played in our organisation's rich 200-year history,” Ms Brodie said.