It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the sudden passing of our beloved and valued team member, Mr Tom Maina.
Tom commenced with NACC NRM in 2009 moving from Perth with his family to take up the Corporate Services Manager role.
In his role with NACC NRM Tom grew his knowledge of agriculture, coastal and terrestrial conservation, the priorities of First Nations peoples and took a keen interest in NACC NRM’s on ground activities. He was influential in reassuring many of our partner organisations in their early days of working with NACC NRM. Tom was always eager to be involved in NRM working bees and community events during Team Retreats. He was passionate about improving the health of our natural environment and was dedicated to applying his skills to help NACC NRM achieve its goals.
Tom immersed himself fully in the Geraldton and Mid West community and was an integral member of several community groups including Rotary (immediate past President), Regional Development Australia Mid West Gascoyne (Deputy Chair), the Mid West Multicultural Society (President), a founding member of the Midwest African Association and of course his beloved church.
Tom was an honest hardworking man. The perfect ‘numbers man’ combination. But he was also passionate about his homes, both Australia and Kenya. In March 2019 Tom penned the piece below for our monthly #peopleofNRM article series. Who better to express his passion for his countries than the great man himself.
Tom was a leader, a gentleman and our friend.
Tom’s sudden passing leaves a huge hole in the Geraldton and Midwest community, but there is no place where this will be felt more sharply, than with his family. Tom is survived by his wife and three children and we wish them all of our strength to help them navigate through this tragic time.