The vital role played by volunteers in their community was recognised at the annual awards evening hosted by the Town of Mosman Park on Friday 17 October 2014.
Guests including volunteers from local schools, sporting clubs, churches, senior services, arts and cultural groups and disability services were in attendance on the night that is a highlight on the neighbourhood calendar for the many community groups that are active in the Town.
Mayor Ron Norris sincerely thanked volunteers and acknowledged the importance of their contribution. Recipients of the previous year’s Youth Encouragement Grants inspired the crowd by showing what they had achieved with the grant funding they had received from the Town in 2013.
The major award recipient of the night was Colonel Don Rae AM, who was named Volunteer of the Year for his work in preserving the historical significance of the Leighton Battery artillery guns. Don has been the Curator and Special Projects Officer of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of WA for 24 years, giving an average of 60 volunteer hours per month to the group.
Don has been the driving force for the Leighton Battery Heritage Site since 1990 and has been instrumental in working with the developer, the Town of Mosman Park, and artillery volunteers to develop a world class “museum” of the tunnels, the site’s above ground buildings and guns. The Town of Mosman Park has benefited greatly from this tremendous attraction that is run by volunteers due to Don’s interest, leadership and drive.
The talent and potential of the Town’s young people was also recognised as Mosman Park locals Megan Hams, Kate Woolhouse, Sarah Woolhouse, Amy Vanderhor and Amy Brades received Youth Encouragement Grants. All five recipients are now members of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council and will be assisting the Council to put on a variety of youth events throughout the year.
Mayor Norris was supported by Councillor Brett Pollock who did a wonderful job as MC for the evening, and many residents took the opportunity to chat to the other elected officials who were in attendance, including Councillor Zenda Johnson, Councillor Wes Davies and newly-elected Councillor Jenna Ledgerwood.
Long-Serving Volunteer Recognition certificates were presented to the following residents who have volunteered their time to assist these community organisations:
• Keith Malcolm - Rotary Club of Mosman Park
• John Andrewartha - Cottesloe Scout Group
• Susan Beaver - Mosman Park Netball Club
• Helen McLarty - Rocky Bay
• Armando De Abreu - Fremantle Mosman Park Cricket Club
• John Law - Mosman Park Men’s Shed and Mosman Park Rotary Club
About the Awards
The Volunteer of the Year is awarded to a volunteer who is the heart and soul of an organisation.
The Youth Encouragement Grants were introduced to support and assist young people to achieve their goals and previous recipients have gone on to become role models for other youth in the Mosman Park community.
Long Serving Volunteer Recognition certificates go to volunteers who work for community organisations over a long period of time, many giving years if not decades of dedicated service.
The Town of Mosman Park would like to congratulate all nominees and award winners and thank all those who made nominations. The Town of Mosman Park receives nominations throughout the year for Volunteer of the Year Awards, and encourages community members to put forward the names of those individuals and/or groups who are deserving of recognition for their contribution to the community.