Ian Sherriff is truly inspirational, with incredible energy, enthusiasm and dedication to help others in the Plymouth community. The breadth of his voluntary work ranges from coach, manager and vice chair of a local junior football team - to being a national board member of the Alzheimer's' Society and Chair of the SW forum for dementia. Previously Ian was a probation volunteer in the armed forces; set up a major sustainable social work programme in Romania and Moldova and was named a Devon Volunteer of the Year. He is also an active member of the blind servicemans` charity St Dunstans - a commitment spanning 30 years. His varied career has also featured public service for 25 years in the Fleet Air Arm, where he both participated in and trained the field gun crew for the Royal Tournament, and 17 years in local government social work. He is currently an associate lecturer and researcher for the University of Plymouth and an active contributor to the SW Lifelong Learning Network. Ian is a giver - of his time, good humour and his zest for wanting to make life better for others. He is thoughtful and compassionate and the breadth of his community and public service reflects his open-mind to new challenges and his love of people and their stories. It would be lovely to recognise this hard work and unconditional commitment by having Ian as a torchbearer for the 2012 Olympic games..