Our new CLANZ Chieftain
|Malcolm has been involved in Scottish activities for many years, being extremely proud of his heritage, as a lineal descendant of the Irish branch of the clan.
In 1976 he and his wife joined the Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Burns Club, and are still members of the Society, although not as active as they once were. Malcolm served on the committee for many years as a committee member, Treasurer, Vice-President, President, Deputy Chieftain and Chieftain. During these years they became interested in Scottish Country Dancing, and practiced this form of Scottish culture for over 20 years. One of their greatest thrills was to be part of the opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.|
In 1991 the Governing Body of the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland) Ltd. asked if a Branch could be formed on the Darling Downs, and Malcolm was asked to be part of the Steering Committee. After several months of hard work, the Branch was officially formed on 1st November 1991, and Malcolm was elected as Secretary. Since then he has served on the Management Committee in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer (a position he still holds), Vice-President and President. In 2010 Malcolm was appointed as Patron of the Branch, and continues to serve in this capacity.
On a more personal basis, he has been married to Colleen for 39 years, and has two sons, Gavin and Kenneth, who are both Primary School teachers. Gavin was a journalist, who rose to become Editor of the Warwick Daily News before deciding to switch to teaching. He is married with three lovely daughters. Kenneth is married and has a son and daughter.
Malcolm and Colleen met when they were both leaders in the Scouting Movement. They were both deeply involved in Scouting for many years. In more recent times, since the late 80s, they have been involved as members of Lions Clubs International. For their efforts, both Colleen and Malcolm have been presented with Melvin Jones Fellowships.
In early 2015 Malcolm assumed the additional role of Clan Commissioner due to the poor health of Barrie Leslie.