Unsung HeroesRevealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People
Local businessman, Councillor, motel owner and Justice of the Peace Brian Seale is a person who functions best when he sees others thrive. Keen to see the Narrogin business community flourish, he does his best to foster opportunity for that to happen, ensuring he looks after his own tenants, particularly in this time of the Covid pandemic, by waiving and reducing rents to allow for the reduction in income some experience.
Brian is known for his generosity and willingness to assist members of the community. In his role as a JP, he has supported people through applications for housing, working through documents with those who require help to navigate them.
His staff and clients speak of Brian as being unique; he is giving and caring and has no expectation of return; he makes time to listen when people seek assistance and he's seen as a genuine, decent bloke who sees what needs to be done and does it. With his faith to sustain him, Brian is something of a Philosopher and Poet.
Over many years, Brian and his family have hosted Rotary Exchange Students, some of whom have formed lasting friendships with his children and still keep in touch. These young people have been embraced as family, taken to see other parts of Australia and on one occasion, with permission from Rotary, the Seale family took one of the students with them on holiday to Bali. A former exchange student from Switzerland writes addressing Brian as "Klugeman" meaning Wise man.
Brian has hosted and provided accommodation for visiting Medical Students and those clients he has helped in the past will phone him after years of no contact just to say hello and see how he is going. He is a sender of cards; whenever anyone in his orbit is to be congratulated on an achievement, commiserated with, encouraged, is unwell or about to have an operation, Brian sends a card with a few lines to let them know he is thinking of them and wishing them well.
A member of his staff who calls him the best boss has heard him say: "If I can go to the grave and meet God knowing I've done my best by even one person, I'll be a happy man."
Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people
Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.
Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.