Volunteer focus: Lindsay Wassell, maritime museum
Today is International Volunteers Day, and we're celebrating some of Gladstone's volunteers
ABOUT six years ago, Gladstone local Lindsay Wassell was looking to retire.
So he decided he needed a project to keep his mind active.
"I knew I had to do something," he said.
"I'd always been attracted to boats and I just love the sea so (volunteering at the Maritime Museum) was an obvious choice."
After skippering boats to Heron Island most of his life, joining the museum's team seemed like the perfect fit.
"Everybody says I'm an old sea dog at heart with saltwater running through my veins," he said.
"The HMAS Gladstone is what's kept me really interested at the museum. There's just so much to do to restore it.
"I've helped organise all the LED lighting to be internally installed."
But the greatest reward from volunteering for Lindsay is staying involved with the community.
"I love talking to people and it's the best place to do it here because I meet some of the most interesting people," he said.
"I get a real sense of achievement putting back into Gladstone. After all, it's served me well the past 30 years."
His hours are almost full-time.
"I'll be volunteering in town until I physically can't," he said.