The Stafford Queensland Day Community Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge some local outstanding Queenslanders.
The awards are part of Queensland Week celebrations. Queensland Week is an annual celebration of Queensland’s culture, heritage, people and industry.
This year the Awards recognised the contribution of 20 extraordinary people who have made a huge contribution to our local community. Most were nominated by local community organisations.
In the electorate of Stafford we are very lucky to have such a wide range of community, sport and recreation, and service organisations and so many outstanding volunteers and community workers. This year’s Stafford Queensland Day Community Award winners exemplify this.
Stafford Queensland Day Community Awards 2016:
David McKellar, Brisbane Inner North Sporting Community
Ngaire Arthur, Brisbane Netball Association
Annette Daley and Terry Daley, Community Access Respite Services Inc
Douglas Wood, Gordon Park Scouts Group
David Martin and Karen Martin, HAND disability support services
Greg Cree, Project for Change
Richard Norman, McDonalds Stafford
Jill Crawford, Marie Henry, Marie Jones, Peter Jones, The Samaritans, Kedron Parish
Adam McNiven, Somerset Hills State School P&C
Tasha Banks, Stafford 18 Neighbourhood Watch Group
Kerry Burns, Stafford 3 Neighbourhood Watch Group
Liz Ewen, Stafford Unified Swim School
Brett Gillett, Wilston Grange Australian Football Club
Joseph Xaviour and Rajesh Mohini, Brisbane Malayalee Association
The receipts were nominated by their organisations or another individual. Please find below an excerpt from each persons nomination.
David is president of the Brisbane Inner North Sporting Community. The Committee has the mantra “sport for life in a healthier way” and an inclusive model for sports participation across gender and all age groups. David has worked and is working on multi-sports projects of considerable size that will eventuate in better community amenities for the people of Stafford and inner north Brisbane.
Ngaire is currently working with Brisbane Netball Association to encourage teenagers to stay playing in a team and a sport that they enjoy. This has been achieved through the development of a new competition and a night casual playing competition that is specifically designed for 16 to 19 year olds. Recently, Ngaire has taken on the role of President at Blue Jays netball club to help in the development of our grass roots players to stay playing for enjoyment.
Annette was a volunteer member of the Community Access Respite Services (CARS) Management Committee and secretary for four years. Annette was nominated by Val Smith as an untiring worker for CARS involved in fund raising, preparing raffle prizes and selling raffles tickets, and organising many events such as fashion parades and Christmas Fairs.
Terry was also nominated by Val Smith. He is a tireless worker for CARS arranging countless fundraising barbecues from go to woe at Bunning and Masters, and working alongside Annette organising fund raising events.
From the ages of eight to 18, Doug has camped, cooked, bush walked, and canoed his way through life and loved it. When Doug’s children joined scouts it reignited his interest and he became a scout leader with the Gordon Park Scouts Group. Volunteering is part of what the Wood family do and so he is looking forward to helping at school, the cricket club, or maybe the Marine Volunteer Rescue.
David and Karen Martin have been involved with HAND, a not for profit organisation supporting people with a disability, since 1993. Their compassion and commitment over the past 23 years has earnt them much respect in the community. Between them – and with the dedication of Hand staff and volunteers – they have developed so many initiatives that enhance the lives of people with a disability: independent living skills programs, art shows, a theatre company, literacy and computer skills training, woodworking skills, even a program to assist clients obtain their driver licence. They are a driving force in building community capacity, and we wish them the very best in their (semi-)retirement.
Project 4 Change is a community enterprise that believes community should look after community. The organisation is particularly interested in housing low income earners and those in need of crisis accommodation. Chair of Project 4 Change is Stafford Heights’ local Gregory Cree.
Richard is the owner/operator of McDonald’s Stafford. He has run the restaurant for more than 16 years (providing employment for more than 100 local people) and is a very active supporter of a number of local community organisations and charities.
In her role as President of the Samaritans, Jill is committed to ensuring that members of the Kedron Parish – particularly the elderly, lonely and disadvantaged – are provided with friendship, support and fun at weekly morning teas. She is an inspirational model for her volunteers, and a great comfort to her Parish community.
Marie has worked tirelessly over a long period of time producing craft items for the school’s fetes and craft stalls. Earlier this year she became the organiser of the Samaritans weekly craft stall – as well as organising the stall, Marie still finds time to knit, sew, and crochet much of the stall’s stock.
Marie and Peter are a great volunteering team. Marie joined the Samaritans in 2004, she volunteers in the kitchen preparing and serving for the Kedron Samaritans regular morning teas.
Peter joined the Samaritans in 2005 and regularly volunteers as a driver, helping members with transport all over the Northside.
Adam is the President of the Somerset Hills State School. He is a tireless advocate for his school and community and has been instrumental in helping the school get a number of projects off the ground. The P&C run a number of key services such as the Outside School Hours Care, the Swimming Club, the Tuckshop and Uniform Shop. Adam has also been leading the development of relationships with a number of other organisations including a partnership with Save the Children Foundation to offer a free Playgroup targeting disadvantaged families in the local community.
Tasha is the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for the Group. Tasha has a passion for helping to create bonds within the community and building links between the community and local police. She is involved in the Group’s various newsletters and communications and was involved in organising the very successful, Dogs On Patrol event held recently at Roy Hervey Park.
Kerry’s membership of Neighbourhood Watch goes back many decades. She is now the Area Co-ordinator for Stafford 3 Group and continues to motivate her local community by promoting Neighbourhood Watch and supporting local crime prevention initiatives. Her commitment to the safety of her local community was reflected by her contribution to the recent and very successful Dogs on Patrol event.
Liz has been volunteering with the Special Olympics for 22 years. Over that time she’s performed a large number of roles – often all at once. Liz is the Head Coach of the Special Olympics Brisbane aquatics program as well as the State Aquatics Coordinator for Special Olympics Queensland. Recently Liz has been instrumental in the launch of the Stafford Unified Swim School, which trains swimmers with and without an intellectual disability – Liz is the Pool and Program Coordinator and Head Coach.
Brett has been a mainstay of the Wilston-Grange Gorillas for many years. He is motivated by the notion of paying it forward, and putting back into the community the benefits that he has experienced. Creating connections with the community is one of his favourite parts of local footy and the Gorillas’ strongest strength is the unity and family atmosphere. He works tirelessly for the Wilston Grange Gorillas, recognising the vital role that sport and sporting clubs have in galvanising and connecting local communities.
Joseph is the 2015-2016 president of the Brisbane Malayalee Association representing the Malayalee community in and around the city of Brisbane with the primary objective to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage of Kerala, as state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast..
Rajesh is the secretary of the Brisbane Malayalee Association and a member of the 2015-2016 governing body responsible for the very successful Multicultural Taste of the World Festival held in March at Keong Park.
Here’s how the North West News covered the Stafford Queensland Day Community Awards…