For David and Di North, volunteering has been a family affair.
So therefore it was only fitting the Mount Pleasant couple would be honoured with their OAMs together.
"It's really special," Di said.
Both were nominated by good friend and fellow OAM Bill Dowson.
The couple, who owned Harrison's Pharmacy in the Mall for 20 years, have a long history of volunteering.
They met while training in pharmacy at university and have been married almost 45 years.
For the Norths, community involvement has been an experience they've shared with their sons Greg and Jono and their four grandkids,
"Our kids went through scouting and now our grand daugther's doing it so now David's still out there helping with the cub pack at Dapto," Di said.
"We've made lots and lots of friends and you get back far more than what you give.
"Volunteering leads to a better respect of people and a better understanding of people, I think," David said.
"And I think it keeps you healthy."
David is a life member and former long-time president of the Illawarra Basketball Association, a life member of the Illawarra Pharmacists Association, Wollongong's 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year and has had a wide range of roles in Scouts Australia.
Di has been a long-time scorebench official with local and NBL basketball and has held numerous roles in Rotary through the Rotary Club of Sunrise.
Di will be Rotary's District Governor for 2019-20 overseeing all clubs in the Illawarra and beyond.
This will see David play a supporting role in what is a huge commitment, where Di supported David in a lot of his roles earlier.
They both volunteered during the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics and Di actually did the scorebench for the gold medal basketball game at the Paralympics between the Netherlands and Canada.
Here's a list of some of their achievements _
Illawarra Basketball Association: Former Director; Former President; Life Member, current.
Illawarra Pharmacists' Association: Secretary, current; Past Committee member; Life Member, current.
Scouts Australia: Past Leader and Trainer, Australian Scout Training Team; Assessor, Australian Scout Training Team, current; Regional Commissioner for Community Engagement, current; Past Regional Commissioner (Development); Past Regional Commissioner for Venturer Scouts; Past Regional Commissioner for Cub Scouts; Regional Chair, South Coast, Scouts Australia, current; Past Assistant Cub Scout Leader, Kentlyn (Campbelltown); Past Assistant Cub Scout Leader, Wollongong.
Other: Member, Education Advisory Committee, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, current. Past Secretary, Zone 6, Pharmacy Guild of New South Wales. Public Officer, Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce, current. Secretary, Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, current. Past Representative, Sports Facility Infrastructure Committee, Wollongong City Council. Vice-President, Ford Capri Car Club NSW, current. Past Secretary, Sprite (Austin Healey) Car Club, NSW.
Awards and recognition includes: Senior Citizen of the Year, Wollongong City Council, 2018. Silver Koala Award for Distinguished Service, Scouts Australia.
Rotary International: District Governor Nominee, District 9675, 2017-2018; District Governor Elect, District 9675, 2018-2019; District Governor, District 9675, 2019-2020; District Secretary, District 9675, 2016-2018; Interplast Chair, District 9675, 2012-2016; Rotarian Observer, Interplast Surgical Mission to Tonga, 2017; Secretary, Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise, 2011-2014; President, Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise, 2014-2015.
Basketball: Scoretable Official, Illawarra Basketball Association, 1988-2014; Scoretable Official, Waratah League, 1990-2014; Scoretable Official, National Wheelchair Basketball League, 1990-2014; Scoretable Offical, National Basketball League, 1995-2014.
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia: Presenter, Palliative Care and Case Studies, International Conference, 2012; Presenter, Offshore Refresher Conference, 2009.
Support for Amputees, Family and Friends (SAFF): Past Member; Past Treasurer; Past Committee Member.
Other: Volunteer collector, Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, current. Volunteer collector, Red Cross Door Knock Appeal, current. Volunteer Official, Sydney Paralympic Games, 2000. Past Scorer, Wollongong Cricket Club.Past Secretary and Team Manager, Trotters Basketball Club. Past President, Epicure Club of Wollongong.
Awards and recognition includes: Jack Thomas Perpetual Trophy, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, 2005. Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Medal, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, 2000.