The Hunters Hill Citizen Of The Year Award recognises an individual who, through his or her efforts, has made an outstanding contribution to the community.
Since retiring from commercial life as a Corporate Lawyer, Mr Paul Gerard Traill, or Gary as he is known to friends and family, has been active in community affairs supporting and leading many local community organisations. Gary was a Director of Hunters Hill Respite Centre at a time when the organisation was merging with Gladesville Community Aid and Information Service and the Brain Injury Respite Development Service. In that capacity, with his professional experience as a corporate lawyer, he contributed his skills to the successful merger of those three organisations into Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services.
Gary is currently a Director of Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services and served as Vice President in 2008 and most recently as President from 2013 to 2015. He also chaired the Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services Development Committee that was instrumental in the establishment of new services for the benefit of Hunters Hill residents, including the establishment in 2010 of the Annual Christmas Lunch for isolated residents and in 2012 the establishment of the Men's Shed. A project like the Men's Shed does not occur without a lot of hard work in researching what was required to make a Men's Shed viable, securing funding, sponsorship and undertaking fundraising activities, securing suitable premises, fitting out of the shed, and setting up a management structure.
Gary is also member of Hunters Hill Mixed Probus Club and Hunters Hill Historical Society; he is a parishioner of Holy Name of Mary Parish (Villa Maria and St Peter Chanel churches) where he has served actively as an Acolyte and, in recent years, as a Eucharistic Minister. He has been a Parish Councillor, including serving as Chair of the Parish Council. Gary has also been involved with the Hunters Hill Food and Wine Festival.
Gary had a long distinguished legal career in which his activities were not limited just to the provision of professional legal services. He was a member of the executive of the Australian Committee of The Pacific Basin Economic Council (P.B.E.C) for over 15 years, Hon. Secretary of the Law Council of Australia and Chair of the Australian Committee of Pacific Economic Co-operation Council (AUS PECC) and Chair of The Australia-China Business Council.
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