Bruce Pollack’s 24 years as a community volunteer and fundraising powerhouse will be commended, along with Peter Trebilco of the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, at ACON’s Honour ceremony on September 11 at the National Art School.

As the previous recipient of awards from DIVA, Stonewall, and the Gay and Lesbian Business Association you’d think Pollack would be used to such praise. Instead, he insists he is always humbled by any accolade, no matter how small.

I don’t know if it’s an innate thing or maybe it was bred into me, but all of my life my parents were involved with charitable activities and we were brought up with the knowledge that one should spend some time giving back, but doing it in a way which was a joy rather than a burden, Pollack told Sydney Star Observer.

Everything I have ever done for the community has given me the greatest joy, so it is always a surprise to be rewarded for something that you love doing anyway.

Pollack started working with the community in 1984 when he decided he wanted to be a part of the ever-growing excitement surrounding Mardi Gras.

In the years since he has been involved with the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service; AIDS Trust; Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby; Gay and Lesbian Business Association; Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and even the Sydney Star Observer. On top of that he has also played key roles with the Gay Fathers Association and the hugely successful Aurora Group.

Pollack admits to loving a committee meeting but says he has enjoyed playing a part in the community’s growth and development.

It has been exciting to watch the way the community has evolved, particularly in the eyes of the media who now give positive coverage to gay and lesbian activities, he said.

I’ve felt great pride watching Aurora grow over the years and I still find it incredibly warming to see new people continue to dedicate their time and energy to fundraising for the community.

As for the Honour ceremony, Pollack is looking forward to the opportunity to spend an evening with friends and family, in spite of his dislike of the spotlight.

As a professional publicist, I don’t really feel comfortable being the centre of attention, but it is a great honour and I am very humbled and touched by it, he said.

For having done something I have truly enjoyed over a number of years, and just having been a part of the community -” it is just a complete bonus to receive an award as well.

Honour will be held on 11 September at the National Art School. Tickets are $95. Bookings: www.acon.org.au/honour or phone 9206 2000.

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