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RFSA 2017 Honours and Awards recipients announced

The Association was pleased to announce the 2017 Honours and Awards recipients at a presentation ceremony conducted at RFSA Conference on 7 July 2018. 


The award recipients were:


Member of the Year

Nathan McDonald


Life Member

Marcia LeBusque


Recognised for his proactive approach to establishing the RFSA in the Southern Tablelands, 2017 Member of the Year Nathan McDonald is a member of Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Brigade and has been instrumental in establishing fully functional Branches within Division 7.


As Division 7 Chairperson Nathan provides ongoing support, direction and encouragement to new Branch delegates and has trialled innovative approaches to member engagement such as the implementation of live-streaming meetings. 


He has been proactive in helping the Association establish its Section 44 support program at three major fires in the past year. Nathan has worked hard to promote and publicise the RFSA at both a local level and throughout the State. As well as being a regular attendee and contributor to the RFSA State Council, he has developed strong working relationships with local Mayors and Members of Parliament often accompanying the RFSA President to meetings to discuss measures to support his fellow volunteers.  


RFSA Life Member Marcia LeBusque was inducted for her long-time involvement and dedication to the RFSA.  Marcia has been an active member of the Association since its inception over twenty years ago and has been a consistently hard working RFSA supporter taking on roles within her local Branch, State Council and later, as a Board Director.


She regularly attends RFSA Clarence Valley Branch and Division 2 meetings giving valid input, encouraging new members and being extremely proactive with embracing new ideas and projects. 


In her role as an RFSA Board Director, Marcia was Deputy Chair of the Community Engagement Consultative Committee and Volunteers’ Family Day Coordinator.  She worked very hard to make the Volunteers’ Family Day an enjoyable experience for all who attended and ensured that professional help was available for attendees who had experienced trauma following extreme bushfire, devastating floods and any of the day-to-day issues that arise, especially for those from farming communities.


Leading by example, Marcia is well respected throughout the RFSA due to her knowledge of the organisation and her tenacity to always do what’s right by her fellow volunteers. She is very knowledgeable and always keeps abreast of current RFSA programs and policies encouraging many fellow firefighters to join the Association. Most importantly, Marcia is recognised for her emphatic nature and excellent listening skills. 


Both Nathan and Marcia are worthy recipients of the RFSA’s highest honours and the Association congratulates them on their recognition and achievement.   



Member of the Year Nathan McDonald



Life Member Marcia LeBusque pictured with husband Harry LeBusque