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Long-Serving Volunteers Recognised in Mosman Park

The Town of Mosman Park honoured the outstanding contribution made by long-time local volunteers on Friday 23 November 2018, all of whom have given more than a decade of service to the Town and its community.

Awards were presented to:

  • Belinda Chwastiak of the Mosman Park Netball Club. Belinda has been a member of the Club since 2008, and her infectious enthusiasm for the sport has inspired many others to join and enjoy the sport.   The Town thanked her for her active membership of the committee as treasurer and coach.
     
  • Anne Fairbanks has served with the Mosman Park Primary School Parents and Citizens Association for a decade.  Anne’s dedication to the School has been shown by welcoming and providing support for students and families of all backgrounds, and her skills in Auslan have been of great benefit for the students and parents of the Mosman Park School for Deaf Children.
     
  • Jenny Simpson is one of the co-founders of The Mighty Camelot Choir whose desire to bring people together to ‘sing for fun and friendship’ has created a wonderful community creative outlet that creates a sense of belonging and contribution that is enjoyed at many events throughout the year in Mosman Park, including ANZAC Day, Australian Day and Carols by Candlelight.
     
  • John Robertson has been a member of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club since 1950, obtaining his Bronze Medallion in the 1952/53 season and an active patroller ever since.  John also coordinates the Club’s Street Appeal, one of its major fundraisers.  John has also coached the Club’s Rescue and Resuscitation team for 11 years and more recently, been the Chairman of the Cottesloe Surf Veterans. 
     
  • Betty McGeever was recognised for her long-time contribution to The Grove Community History Library, where since 2005, she has collected and maintained newspaper clippings which have made a valuable contribution to The Grove’s historical collection.
     
  • Peter Watson of the Buckland Hill Estate Residents’ Association has represented his community for 14 years, and in this role he produces and sends out community notices as well as managing the local tennis courts. The Town thanks him for the sense of warmth and belonging he brings to the area, including the annual Christmas get-together he organises in the neighbourhood.
     
  • Michael Larkin, who sadly passed away in May of this year, was recognised posthumously for his service to the local Mosman Park Sub-Branch of the RSL.  Michael was recognised for his leadership role in the group, assisting with events and logistics, and a man who was renowned for his compassion for fellow members, visiting those who were unwell.  We thank Michael for his valuable contribution.

In presenting the Awards, Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, Brett Pollock, described the winners as ‘vital assets’, without whom the sporting and community groups that make Mosman Park such a great place to live would not exist.

“On behalf of the entire community, I thank the volunteers for their dedication and commitment and hope that we can continue to count on your continued support into the future,” Mayor Pollock said.

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