HYMC Patron

Vale Professor Trevor Waring AM

Professor Trevor Waring AM was HYMC’s patron from the moment we started formal operations in late 2005 until his death in August 2016. 

Trevor regularly attended and spoke at HYMC events.  Always an entertaining and at time even hilarious story-teller, the stories had a serious sub-text - the value of each and every person and the positive impact mentoring and caring could have on someone's life.  As our chair Kay Sharp said: “Trevor was “larger than life” and had a gift for reaching people but at the same time, he was humble.  When Trevor spoke you listened to every word, because there was a message in everything he said.  A true gentleman and great scholar who will be sadly missed and long remembered.“

Melinda Smith, HYMC founder, remembers Trevor from the start of HYMC: “Trevor was HYMC’s inaugural and much loved patron. He helped launch the organisation with a memorable speech about the positive and life changing influence mentoring had in his life.  It was the first of many wise and insightful contributions he would share at countless HYMC events he attended during the past decade. He’ll be fondly remembered as a gracious, witty, incredibly generous and caring individual who strongly believed in the value of young people and how education could help them achieve their true potential – as it did for him.  Like everyone who knew him I am absolutely saddened by the loss of Trevor.  He was one of my favourite people.  His loyal contribution to so many lives and organisations will be among his greatest legacies.“ 

Trevor had been a strong supporter of HYMC since 2005 when he spoke at the HYMC launch.  Since then he has attended almost all our special events and in particular the scholarship presentations; every time speaking for a few minutes about the value of mentoring, interspersed with stories from his own life.  Always an entertaining and at time even hilarious story-teller, his stories always had a serious aspect - the value of each and every person and the positive impact mentoring and caring could have on someone's life.

The one HYMC member who may have known Trevor longer than any of us is our first chair, Brian Doyle.   “The friendship I had with Trevor began many years ago when I was the President of a Lions Club, and Trevor was invited along as a guest speaker.  He was at that time a social worker with the Newcastle Youth Service, going out onto the streets day and night to assist wayward young people who were experiencing problems in life.  His stories of the reaction of young people to this person (Trevor Waring) walking the streets at night trying to help them were fascinating.

When he joined HYMC as our patron we had with us a person who could by the use of words inspire people.  I recall vividly his inspiring messages to young people on our scholarship presentation days.  We would hear of his early days of education – leaving school in Broken Hill before the final years, working at the BHP steelworks, commencing social work, then educating himself further so he could qualify to pursue psychology and all that led to his eventual appointment as the first fully locally based Chancellor of the University of Newcastle.

Trevor Waring’s was a life of achievement.   I for one, and there will be many others, will miss him and his input into the HYMC.”

We will remember Trevor and his support of HYMC with great warmth and affection

Trevor had an extensive and highly regarded life outside HYMC and touched the lives of thousands.   He was a clinical psychologist with 40 years experience working in mental health; a Conjoint Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle where he was for many years the Chancellor.  He has been a Director of the Australian Psychological Society and Chair of the Hunter New England Health Service’s Medical Appointments Advisory Board and Clinical Ethics Committee. He was President of the NSW Psychologists Registration Board and Chair of the National Council of Psychologists Registration Boards for 14 years.

Professor Waring’s clinical experience includes 17 years as a clinical psychologist in outpatient psychiatric services and 12 years as Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his work in mental health and psychology. 
In 2014 Professor Waring was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

To read more about Trevor and his many and varied contributions to the community please see the articles from the University of Newcastle and the Newcastle Herald .