Previous winners: Shannon Crofton, of NSW SES, and Carol Bond, of Bulli, were named Officers of the Year at the 2015 NSW Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards, Picture: Greg Ellis.Nominations close thisweek for the2016RotaryNSW Emergency Services Community Awards.
The inaugural winnerof the NSWEmergency Services Officer of the Year title for someone serving in a paid capacityis among those encouraging communities to nominate people.
Carole Bond, of Bulli, is a NSW Ambulance paramedic whoalso wantsemergency service personnel to put workmates forward because of the awareness that willcreate.
The second annual state awards for emergency serviceworkers is not only about recognising personnel for the way theyrespondduring times of crisis.But also the many otherselfless acts they do in their local communities.
The awards are runby theRotaryDistricts and Clubs of NSW and grew out of an initiative started in the Illawarra.
Mrs Bond said when she won she was happy foreveryone involved in the emergency services.That is because of the awareness the Rotary run event raises.And the support it providesthose struggling as a result of some of the things they see and experience onthe job.Funds raised will supportAustralian Rotary Health’sPhD Scholarship Research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The annual statewide awards aretheonly time all emergency services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards program.The presentation is on July 23 at Darling Harbour.
Rotarians such as Dot Hennessy and Ian Johnston drove the idea from the outset because they believe so strongly in the international service organisation’s“service above self” motto.Mrs Hennessy said that waswhy the awards focus on community service performed above and beyond the call of normal duties.”This is an opportunity for the community to pay tribute to NSW Emergency Services Personnel who provide selfless community service to us in our times of need,” she said.
Rotarian Dot HennessyPost by Video from launch.
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