Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, centre, congratulating members of the Friends of McMaugh Gardens on being recognised at this week’s Seniors Local Achievement Awards ceremony, Sandra Ward, left, Gail McFarlane, Secretary Rosemary Reading, Treasurer Erica Barwell, Brian Weis, Shirley Weis (front), Bev Carlon (back), Marg Gream (front) and Gae Baker (back).
Thursday, 31 March 2022
A RECORD number of dedicated, hardworking residents have been recognised for their contribution to their communities, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall earlier this week presenting 31 Local Achievement Awards, as part of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival.
Award winners received their honour at the annual Armidale Care for Senior’s Seniors Festival event on Monday, to recognise their valuable contribution to the community.
Mr Marshall said it was a privilege to present the awards to such a committed group of volunteers.
“With 31 recipients, this is the highest number of nominees ever for these awards and to me this shows just how appreciative our community is of everything they do,” Mr Marshall said.
“This year there is a diverse range of recipients – individuals who go above and beyond to support those in need and improve the social landscape of our region.
“Evan Thomson, Matthew Pennycuick, Michael Petrov and Gai Brennan have all been recognised for their work as volunteer drivers with Tablelands Community Transport – getting older residents safely to the shops, medical appointments and social outings in Uralla and Armidale.
“As volunteer cooks, Iain Hamilton and Robyn Wheeler make sure Tablelands Community Support clients are provided with nourishing meals, while volunteer Social Support Worker Sarah Bates has helped provide many with the tools to remain independent in their home.
“Armidale’s Michael Bourke has been awarded for his volunteering with the Cancer Council’s patient transport service, along with Annette Connolly who has given 17 years as volunteer Client Liaison Officer with Can Assist.
“Bev Holden’s efforts as a Legatee has seen her raise much needed funds for Legacy Australia, supporting local families of defence force personnel.
“Guyra Home Support Service has been represented this year by regular volunteer drivers Stuart Broad, Narelle Levin and Kim Shone.
“15 volunteers from Armidale Care for Seniors have been recognised for their ongoing service, assisting with social activities, outings and providing transport services.
“I am also pleased to see three prominent volunteer organisations recognised this year including Friends of McMaugh Gardens in Uralla, the Armidale campus of University of the Third Age and Armidale and District Historical Society.
“I congratulate and thank them all for their generous contributions, remarkable skills and extensive knowledge which continues to make the Northern Tablelands a caring place to live.”
|Gai Brennan||Volunteer driver Tablelands Community Transport|
|Matthew Pennycuick||Volunteer driver Tablelands Community Transport|
|Michael Petrov||Volunteer driver Tablelands Community Transport|
|Evan Thomson||Volunteer driver Tablelands Community Transport|
|Sarah Bates||Volunteer Social Support Worker with Tablelands Community Support|
|Iain Hamilton||Volunteer cook with Tablelands Community Support|
|Robyn Wheeler||Volunteer cook with Tablelands Community Support|
|Michael Bourke||Volunteer with Cancer Council patient transport|
|Annette Connelly||17 years as a volunteer Client Liaison Officer with Can Assist|
|Bev Holden||Volunteer Legatee fundraising to support local Legacy families|
|Michael Battersby||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Sarah Bates||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Jenny Bourke||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Doreen Clarkson||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Carol Collis||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Vera Deiderick||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Judy Fisher||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Stuart Jackson||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Pamela McFayden||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Deni McKenzie||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Patricia Rego||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Judy Sims||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|John Smith||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Bob Thompson||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Lorna Williams||Active volunteer with Armidale Care for Seniors|
|Stuart Broad||Volunteer driver with Guyra Home Support Service|
|Narelle Levin||Volunteer driver with Guyra Home Support Service|
|Kim Shone||Volunteer driver with Guyra Home Support Service|
|Armidale and District Historical Society||Work to preserve Armidale’s historical records for public access|
|Friends of McMaugh Gardens (Uralla)||Providing resources for residents at McMaugh Gardens Aged Care|
|University of the Third Age (Armidale)||Providing opportunities for learning, exercise and social interaction|