We spent a bit of time together working at the Centre, especially with the guys with higher support needs and I remember Mick as being very caring and supportive and always on the lookout for different activities to both challenge and entertain the clients he worked with. Mick was definitely no hand patter. He spent a lot of time with Michael D and I remember them working together to make a mail box for Michael’s farm at Gatum. This took them some weeks to do but Mick made sure that Michael did most of the work. He also worked with the guys making latex moulds that concrete could be poured into to make garden ornaments. I remember Tom making a concrete Lion with Micks help. He was very proud of himself. I also remember him working in the pool to assist Wendy with the hydrotherapy and he was a great help to her. Doing physio with the guys was another task he helped her with also. Mick also helped me and the guys to make the Therapy garden at the Centre and I always admired the way he interacted with everyone. Mick had a way of getting the best out of people and was never judgmental.
On a personal note I have fond memories of working and socialising with him. We had a common interest in the armed forces as we both spent some years in the army and we used to often talk about our different experiences. We played military strategy games on the computer a few times and I’m very thankful that Mick introduced me to the computer. We used to often play practical jokes on each other at work too. Mick would often find his can of Solo frozen solid in the freezer when it came time to drink it.
Dave Cameron (Mulleraterong – Hamilton)