The Australia Day weekend was a big weekend for Church Warden Kevin Short. It began early on the Friday morning with a phone call from his son Andrew to tell him that he had become a grandfather for the first time, Andrew’s wife Sara delivering a healthy 9 lb 9 oz grandson, Isaac Raymond James. Kevin was also missing from Church on the Sunday. He was at Maitland Park, a nominee in the ‘Citizen of the year Awards’ as part of the Australia Day celebrations.
Kevin first came to Maitland in 1984 when transferred here with his employment with the Australian Electoral Commission as Divisional Returning Officer for Paterson. Over the next 20 or so years Kevin presided over some of the closest elections in the nation.
He became involved with St Peter’s at this same time and has more or less been a constant ever since, initially as a leader of the CEBS group and after retirement in 2005, as a member of Parish Council. When other activities allow, Kath Waddell press-gangs him to the choir. In recent times Fr David has seconded him to be part of St Peter’s ‘Guild of Servers’.
Kevin grew up in Taree, the son of a railway driver and a dairy farmer’s daughter, was educated at local schools and then Newcastle University. His first Public Service appointment was to the Department of Treasury but he found city life wearisome and sought Public Service promotion away from Sydney.
Kevin is actively involved in the community; he chairs the Board of Maitland Hockey Turf Association which administers the $1.37m Hockey Centre in Maitland Park; he is an active Freemason, being the Regional Education Officer, the Director of Ceremonies of Lodge Wallis Plains and holds the distinguished rank of Past Assistant Grand Master; he is the secretary of the Maitland & District Christian Education Association which has recently employed Elizabeth (Robinson) to teach scripture at Maitland High School and he’s the treasurer of Maitland Historical Society and on days when he’s got nothing to do, leads tours and lectures on Maitland’s early history. Did I forget to mention, he continues to play grade hockey, albeit it slowly these days. 2013 was his 54th consecutive season and if the body can be coaxed, 2014 will make it 55 !
Additionally, Kevin serves the Diocese as the ‘Lay Secretary’ of the Synod and is a member of the Incumbency Appointment Board. I guess it was this Church and community involvement which was the catalyst for his nomination in the ‘Citizen of the Year Award’.Kevin is also the father of Kristie, a Snr Constable in the New South Wales Police Force. Kristie is stationed at Waverly and was home over the Australia Day weekend but was it to see Dad …. not on your Nellie … it was to see baby Isaac!