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2012 PITTWATER VOLUNTEER AWARD WINNERS
Winner – Rural
of the 2012 Pittwater Volunteer Awards were announced by Mayor Harvey
Rose at a special presentation last night.
Close to 180 guests attended the function at Bayview Golf Club on
Tuesday 15 May where 10 overall winners were announced.
Representatives from over 50 voluntary organisations including
community groups, emergency services, surf life saving clubs, bushcare
and environmental groups, service clubs submitted entries to the awards
and attended the presentation.
Mayor Harvey Rose said 95 nominations had been received for the
volunteer awards this year.
“This is an outstanding number of nominations and reveals the
commitment the Pittwater community has to volunteering”, he said.
“We were also delighted to award on the night a special one-off
category to mark Pittwater’s 20th birthday as a local government area.
This category recognised volunteers with 20 or more year’s service to
the Pittwater community,” Mayor Rose said.
Awards were presented to volunteers in ten categories; Bushcare,
community services–aged and disability, community services–general,
emergency services, environmental, Rural Fire Service, sporting, surf
life saving and youth and 20 years + category.
Each finalist received a certificate of appreciation and commemorative
pen, with winners presented with a framed photograph depicting a scene
Mayor Rose applauded the positive contribution made by volunteers
“These are people who have freely given thousands of hours of their
time to the community with no thought of reward,” he said. “We owe it
to them to give them the recognition they deserve.”
Winners – 2012 Pittwater Volunteer Awards
Joan is a volunteer with the Warriewood Wetlands Bushcare Group, Kywong
Reserve Bushcare, and Stoney Range Bushcare. Over the last 15 years she
has worked tirelessly in restoring habitats as well as acting as a
mentor to other volunteers. Jane is an inspirational example that age
is no barrier.
Community Service & Support: Aged & Disability
Host Volunteer, Northern Beaches Interchange (NBI)
Suzie and her family have been a valuable host family with NBI for the
past 4 years, providing consistent respite care for a young person with
a significant disability in their own home up to twice a month. Suzie
is a working mum and has 2 school aged children but still manages to
commit to this much-needed volunteer role.
Community Service & Support: General
Doris has been volunteering at Newport Public School assisting children
with their reading for the past 18 years. At 92 years of age, Doris
shows patience and respect to each child in helping them achieve their
reading goals. She has participated in training to learn new tutoring
methods and is described as an inspiration .
Toby has volunteered with the State Emergency Services for nearly 9
years. His devotion, commitment and motivation has resulted in his
recent promotion to Team Leader of Warringah / Pittwater SES. Toby has
helped interstate after Queensland’s devastating Cyclone Yasi and major
storm damage in Melbourne last year.
Paul has been a volunteer for over 20 years at Surfrider Foundation
Australia which provides protection and enhancement of Australia’s
oceans, waves and beaches. Paul works tirelessly in upholding the
organisation’s principles of conservation, activism, research and
Winner – Rural Fire Service
Bruce has been a dedicated volunteer with the NSW Rural Fire Service
for 38 years, joining the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade back in
1974. His level of commitment goes beyond responding to fires in his
role of Station Officer also coordinating crews, advising the public
and ‘being the eyes’ for any fires in the Pittwater area.
Doug & Sandy Menzies
Winner – Surf
Doug and Sandy are the organisers of nippers at Newport Surf Lifesaving
Club for children with special needs. They have been volunteering for
about 10 years, providing a valuable community sporting event
integrating children with a disability alongside other children and
helping to eliminate isolation and stigma.
Vice President Mona Vale Junior Rugby League Football Club (J.R.L.F.C)
John has been with Mona Vale J.R.L.F.C for over 10 years. He has
introduced the game of rugby league to thousands of children while
coaching, setting up fields, marking lines and manning the BBQ. He also
coaches cricket in the summer months.
Winner – Youth
Nicholas’ achievements as a volunteer in 2011 involved 200 hours at the
Salvation Army’s street service in Surry Hills for disadvantaged and
homeless adults. He also volunteered through Pittwater High School
helping community organisations using the school hall. Nicholas is also
the holder of the NSW Premier’s Student Volunteering Award Scheme
Winner – 20+
Years of Volunteering in Pittwater
John is the President of the Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents
Association where he has been volunteering his services for 24 years.
His love of volunteering extends to other local community groups
including Save Currawong, Pittwater National Heritage Association,
Avalon Preservation Trust, Pittwater Maritime User Group and Pittwater
Rotary Club. John is also a valuable member of several Pittwater
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