Hills District Independent JUNE 2017 #24 - Page 6

local life one of the hill’s FINEST... by Lorraine Clifford Brian Hoare OAM has spent decades giving back to the community and raising critical funds for disadvantaged children. He has been in an incredible 27 Variety Bash races, and boy, that is hundreds of hours on bumpy dusty roads! Brian and his wife, Sue, live in Glenhaven and have two sons and six grandchildren. Brian was awarded an OAM in 2016 for services to the community and to the manufacturing industry. To date he has raised around $750,000 for Variety. “I got involved in Variety in 1988 and Brian and Sue in front of the NSW Variety Bash car. am happy that I can continue giving back to the community,” Brian says. Brian grew up in Rydalmere, went to Macquarie Boys High, and thought he might train to be a teacher after leaving school. He didn’t choose that route and instead started as a senior clerk with Vocational Guidance. Never one for standing still, Brian gained production engineering and manufacturing and computing qualifications and joined Crowne Lift Trucks. “I was with Crowne for 38 years and knew most things about the company,” laughs Brian. “I started as a production engineer and when I left I was managing all the operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.” Brian knew Crowne inside out and colleagues fondly called him, ‘Mr Fix it’! Brian was introduced to Variety through Crowne, but has also been involved with other not for profit organisations. In the late 90s he chaired the board of Interaction Disability Services in Castle Hill, and was a board member of Adele House for 13 years, a residential rehabilitation program in Western Sydney. “I retired twice! In 2001 I was all set to do my own thing when I got a call from the owner of Crowne telling me the Asia Pacific MD was retiring, and could I step in, run the business and find a suitable replacement at the same time,” says Brian. “I went back for five years and when I left the second time I felt a real sense of satisfaction. The company had given me so many opportunities and was so much part of my life that I wanted to leave my stamp on it in a way, and I felt that I had.” Brian’s second retirement allowed him more time for his passion as a committed and tenacious, unstoppable basher! To date Brian has been in 27 Variety Bashes, seven Variety NSW Bashes and ten Variety 4WD drives. Off road Brian has also held Variety executive board roles over several years. “I learnt so many business skills in my life and I found it reassuring when I realised that I could transfer these to the not for profit sector,” Brian says. Brian is a Fellow of