Volunteers’ Contribution Recognised by Town of Mosman Park
The vital role played by volunteers in the community was recognised at the annual awards evening hosted by the Town of Mosman Park on Friday 16 October 2015, at the Performing Arts Centre of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
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.
In his speech Mayor Ron Norris sincerely thanked volunteers and acknowledged the importance of their hard work, without which so many wonderful things in the community just would not happen. Also in attendance were Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Flack, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, as well as Councillor Zenda Johnson and Councillor Wes Davies, who joined community leaders in sharing in the celebrations.
The major award recipient of the night was Mr Ian Earl, who was named Volunteer of the Year for his work as President of the Mosman Park Football Club. Ian has been President of the Mosman Park Football Club for 8 years averaging 44 hours per month with the club. He has had a big impact on the football community in Mosman Park in particular and is a role model for the boys in the under 20s. Ian puts in many hours at the Football Club as well as being a member of many other sporting clubs in the Mosman Park and Cottesloe area, and has been a long-time member and supporter of the fundraising efforts of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. Recently he re-did his bronze medallion and participated in the ‘G-100’ crew who completed a commemorative row around the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Long-Serving Volunteer Recognition certificates were presented to:
• Kathy Sanders - Mosman Park Netball Club
• Hilary Colero - Rocky Bay
• Ned Cecic – Western Knights Soccer Club
• Catherine Wiese – The Grove Library
The talent and potential of the Town’s young people was also recognised as Charlotte Bradley, Jazzlyn Jansen, Olivia Martin and Georgie Carey received Youth Encouragement Grants. These grants assist young people to achieve their goals and engage with the Town of Mosman Park and local community through the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council.
2014 Youth Encouragement Grant winners (Kate Woolhouse, Sarah Woolhouse, Amy Brades and Amy Vanderhor) entertained the crowd with presentations relating to their achievements over the last year thanks to the Town’s grant funding. Duke of Edinburgh awards, rowing championships, athletics championships and community service tours to Vietnam and South Africa were just a few of the great things our young people were able to achieve.
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.