City of Casey Volunteer Award winners announced

Issued Monday 30 July 2018

The City of Casey was proud to acknowledge the hard work of some of Casey’s residents at the 2018 Casey Volunteer Awards last Friday night. From left are; Volunteer from Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS) Graham Dodd, Michelle and Kerrigan La-Brooy, Janet Sirinyan from CNCISS, Dot O’Neil and Elaine Turner from Transit Soup Kitchen and Food Support, Lana Scholten and Raymond Rickards.

The City of Casey held the 2018 Casey Volunteer Awards on Friday evening where it recognised the hard work of both individuals and organisations throughout Casey.

Raymond Rickards was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Casey Individual Volunteer Award on Friday 27 July, for his long-standing commitments with the CFA.

Mr Rickards, who is also a member of the Hampton Park Men’s Shed, has volunteered for more than 57 years and has held several positions within the CFA.

He also facilitated the Fire Safe Kid’s Program; delivering this service into schools, kindergartens and child care centres throughout Hampton Park.

Lana Scholten received the Casey Young Volunteer Award for her commitment to Pearcedale Girl Guides and Guides Australia. Through this, she has coordinated weekly meetings, as well as camps and special events for seven to 15-year-olds.

The Casey Volunteering Pair Award was received by Kerrigan and Michelle La-Brooy, for the support they provide to homeless and disadvantaged residents. The husband and wife duo run a church, a food pantry, an opportunity shop, a children’s talent academy and an annual community event.

To continue the high calibre of award recipients, Transit Soup Kitchen and Food Support were announced as recipients of the 2018 Casey Volunteer Group Award. The 98 committed volunteers that make up this group provide nutritious meals, friendship and support, to those who are marginalised within the broader Narre Warren community.

Finally, the 2018 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award was presented to Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS). Well known throughout Casey, CNCISS provide information and crisis support for residents living in the northern half of the municipality.

The Casey Volunteer Awards acknowledge outstanding voluntary service from Casey residents.

This year, Council received a record number of nominations since the awards program began in 2000.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said the volunteer awards play an important role in recognising the selfless work that makes the City of Casey such a liveable city.

"This years’ volunteers represent all sectors of volunteering in the Casey community, which is a testament to how our municipality is growing with people participating and connecting," he said.

"There is no shortage of people willing to volunteer in Casey, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for providing these essential services to our community."

For more information visit the Casey Volunteer Awards.