Searching the seas & saving lives, Allan Tennent

Allan Tennent, 64, has been nominated for two awards; the Lifetime Contribution Award and Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding dedication as a coast guard in Queensland.

Allan has been involved in hundreds of maritime rescues over 35 years, and saved thousands of Queenslanders who found themselves in trouble at sea.

As well as saving lives, Allan trains volunteers and is involved in some sort of volunteer work almost every day.

Allan is currently a duty officer on two Brisbane coast guard duty rosters; and serves as South Queensland Squadron Deputy Commodore, where he is responsible for supporting and organising all coast guard flotillas in Southern Queensland.

Harvey Shore, a member of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Organisation, said “despite his distinguished service to the Bayside Community, Allan Tennent has never sought nor expected recognition for the many lives he has saved and the decades of impressive community service he has performed, often in very dangerous circumstances involving great personal risk.”

“Instead, Allan continues to perform exceptional unpaid service to coast guard and the local community, in ways that far exceed the normal service expected from most dedicated volunteers.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8 - 14 May 2017.