Recently, the Hon. David Speirs MP and I held our annual Community Recognition Awards. I established these awards three years ago as a way to honour the people whose contribution and dedication to improving the community we live in often goes unnoticed. I would like to present our winners for 2018, who have been massive contributors to our local community.
Image: Award winners Dr Pauline Glover, Helen Wise, Bronte Bierbaum, Michael and Julie DeJong and Graham Brown with local federal member Nicolle Flint MP and local state members Corey Wingard MP and David Speirs MP.
Dr Pauline Glover Dover Gardens
Pauline was nominated by her daughter, Joanne. As Joanne works shifts, she is unable to do much at her daughter's school. This is where Pauline decided to step in and see if she could help out. Pauline is now the Chair of Seaview Downs Primary School Governing Council. She is doing an amazing job in her position and has generated many new opportunities for the school, including obtaining grants, and works very hard to promote the good work of Seaview Downs PS.
Helen Wise North Brighton
A few months ago, Helen was working as a trainer for Brighton Footy Club's Under 18's team as they played Tea Tree Gully at Pertaringa Oval. Just before halftime, a Tea Tree Gully player collapsed. Helen ran on to the field and performed CPR on the 17 year old boy for ten minutes before paramedics arrived, while others assisted by applying a defibrillator. They later learned the boy had suffered a cardiac arrest, and that the CPR and defibrillator treatment performed had most likely saved his life.
Bronte Bierbaum Somerton Park
Bronte has supported her best friend Kristy Woodlands since 2014, when Kristy was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and then again when the cancer had moved to Kristy's spine. Bronte spends a lot of her time raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. She has organised a sold out high tea fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer research, and also co-ordinated the Mother's Day Classic team 'Team Woody', which had over 100 members.
Graham Brown Seacombe Gardens
Graham is a member of Marion Probus Club, and was nominated by fellow member, David Manning. Graham has been at the club for the past 11 years, and for the past eight years, Graham has been the club's Welfare Officer. This role involves contacting sick members every month and reporting this back at club meetings, offering help wherever needed, and most importantly, being an ear that people can talk to when they are in bad health. As his nominator noted, this is a responsibility that only special people can have. Graham was also recently awarded life membership of Marion Probus Club.
Julie and Michael DeJong Hallett Cove
Julie and Michael were nominated by their pastor at Marion Christian Church, Deshan Solomon. Michael and Julie provide incredible support to Aboriginal families in the Marion area, as well as throughout Adelaide. They counsel, train and support them through challenging situations which families face. They spend significant amounts of their own time and resources to help marginalised families within Marion.
Once again, a big congratulations to all our winners. It's very deserved.