On Tuesday 1st July, State Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling MP, hosted the seventh annual Ferntree Gully Electorate Victoria Day Awards. Assisting Mr Wakeling was Mr Hurtle Lupton, Chairman of the Bendigo Community Bank – Fern Tree Gully and Rowville Branches, major sponsors of the awards ceremony.
The Victoria Day Awards are a wonderful opportunity for our local community and sporting groups and volunteer organisations to recognise, celebrate and thank an exceptional member of their organisation who make a significant difference to our community with their outstanding service and commitment.
For 2014, awards were presented to 31 inspirational and worthy individuals. The nature of contributions of these nominees varied enormously: such as our youngest ever award winner and exceptional role model at the age of 16; a volunteer who has dedicated over 50 years to the same netball club; many quiet achievers who generously give their time with little or no fuss; a couple of dedicated cricketers who have enjoyed successes with their respective clubs and then given back by fulfilling various committee and coaching roles and a dedicated community leader who has selflessly given her time and knowledge since 1947.
The 2014 Ferntree Gully Electorate Victoria Day Awards were a wonderful celebration of community spirit, goodwill and the volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to serve those vital organisations which contribute so much to our local community.
On behalf of the community of the Ferntree Gully electorate, Mr Wakeling would like to congratulate all nominees and thank them for their amazing, varied and selfless contributions to our community.
Mr Wakeling would like to thank the on-going support of the Victoria Day Awards major sponsor – Bendigo Community Bank – Fern Tree Gully and Rowville Branches and also welcome a new sponsor- Good Life Wholesale Party Foods in Wantirna.
The 2014 Victoria Day Award recipients are:
Andrew Groves-Berry – Upper Ferntree Gully Auskick
Avril Jones – Ferntree Gully Netball Club
Barry Mitchell – Victorian Jazz Archive Inc
Beryl Knight – Angliss Hospital Ferntree Gully Auxiliary
Beryl Turner – St Vincent de Paul Society, Ferntree Gully
Brendon Radcliffe – Crime Victims Support Association
Christian Trotter – Eildon Park Cricket Club
Colin Stewart – Knox and District Woodworkers Club
Dr Helen Pongracic – 1st Rowville Scout Group
Edward Bialy – Eastern Districts Polish Association
Elizabeth Romney – St Andrews Christian College, Wantirna
Graham Crichton – CFA Ferntree Gully
Jenny Ford – Mountain District Learning Centre
Joan Harvey – Heartbeat Victoria – Knox Branch
Joe Furno – Upper Ferntree Gully Junior Football Club
Kaye Webb – Ferntree Gully Arts Society
Ken Godfrey – Ferntree Gully Football Club
Kevin O’Byrne – Ferntree Gully Cricket Club
Lindy McDonald – Rowville Hawks Junior Football Club
Ludwik Rutyna -Polish Senior Citizens Club, Rowville
Mara Chachs – Lysterfield Sailing Club Inc
Marianne Kovassy – Hungarian Community Centre
Matt Blackman – Rowville Cricket Club
Maureen Lawson – St John the Baptist Tennis Club
Rebecca Johnson – Foothills Community Care
Shannon Berryman – Boronia RSL Sub Branch
Vincent Feeney – St Josephs College, Ferntree Gully