Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards are now closed.

The Town of Cambridge Community Awards and Recognition Program provides an opportunity for the Town to recognise and acknowledge individuals for their voluntary service within the community.

The Town offers awards over three categories, acknowledging excellence in community service and participation. 

More information on eligibility criteria and the nomination process can be found here:

Nomination Information(PDF, 1MB)

The Town's annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, scheduled to be held on 22 May 2020, were suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future conduct of the Ceremony will be subject to further consideration.

The 2020 award nominations closed Monday 23 March 2020. 

2020 Volunteer Award Winners

Thank you to all community members who submitted nominations for the 2020 awards, and congratulations to all community members that received nominations. 

Find out more about the winners below.

Community Service Volunteer of the Year

Mr John King 

Mr King has been an active member of the Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club for 50 years, completing over 2300 hours of patrol and holding a great number of management positions. Mr King has been a Club Director for a period of 39 years and has held a club officer position for 49 years in some form.

Mr King started training other volunteer lifesavers in 1973 and continues to be involved in the development of lifesavers today. He is an accredited trainer, assessor and facilitator for nearly every award available to the front-line Surf Lifesaver. Over the years there have been countless lifesavers trained and assessed by him, requiring countless volunteer hours not just at the Floreat club but all clubs in WA.  

As Director of Lifesaving, Mr King’s most recent innovation was to introduce mentors to the patrol roster system at Floreat.  Recently nine long-term and very experienced members were retired from being Patrol Captains, empowering younger, less experienced members to trial these roles with the support of the retired patrol captain. 

Mr King has continuously demonstrated a commitment to developing the club facilities to accommodate the membership growth and functionality. Some notable projects that he was involved in include;

1971-72   Development of building through the expansion of storage, administration and training facilities. Mr King worked with Council, sourced funding, contributed to design and assisted in the projects management.

1978-79   Construction of new clubrooms after Cyclone Alby. Mr King consulted with the architect Noel Christal to help design the building that the club currently operates from.

2001-02   Development of gym facilities and new storage area. Mr King contributed to the design, arrangement of funding and managed the development.

Mr King has demonstrated to be influential at a state and national level. He is an acknowledged Surf Life Saving Competition Official, and has been greatly involved in mentoring other up and coming officials at both state and national level. Further to his competition activity he is also a nationally recognised Surf Equipment Scrutineer (one of only four in WA) and a coach of a number of surf disciplines. 

Mr King has been instrumental to a number of major surf lifesaving development including;

  • Pioneering the development and introduction of the Inflatable Rescue Boats in the mid 70’s. This vital piece of lifesaving equipment is now used by all 320 lifesaving clubs around Australia. It is believed Mr King is the longest serving and still current IRB Driver, Instructor, Assessor in Western Australia. 
  • Contributing to the development of mobile patrol shelters for Lifesaving purposes. He personally constructed these shelters in his very limited spare time over many years. A derivative of this lifesaving shelter, now active on Floreat Beach, is now used by lifesaving clubs across Western Australia. 
  • In 2005 Mr King assisted in the design, development, funding and introduction of eLearning into Lifesaving in Western Australia. This concept has now been adopted by Surf Lifesaving Australia and forms a key element in the education delivery of all lifesavers.

Not only has Mr King contributed to the surf club community, in his spare time he is also a Director of the Avon Descent Association and has been associated with that event in a voluntary capacity for 48 years either as a competitor, official or director.

Mr King has been awarded a great number of club, state and national awards for his contribution to the surf lifesaving community, the most notable of which he was awarded in 2010 - an Order of Australia Medal. He was awarded Club Life Membership in 1981. The SLSWA inaugural State Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996.  The SLSWA State Life Membership 2002. The National Medal for Service in 2005.  The SLSWA State Presidents Medal 2006 for outstanding service to Surf Lifesaving in WA. The SLSA National Presidents Medal 2010 for outstand contribution to Surf Lifesaving in Australia. 

It is understood that those that have benefited from his direct or indirect involvement as a volunteer cannot be quantified as the extent of his influence is so far reaching. It is recognised that as the club continues to grow, Mr King can always be found in the background now mentoring the new and inexperienced with the wealth of knowledge he has acquired over the years.

 

Sport and Recreation Volunteer of the Year

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Mr Robert Moseley

Mr Robert Moseley has been volunteering at the Lake Monger Recreation Club (LMRC) since 2011. He has held roles on the committee since 2014, commencing as the Club’s president in 2017, contributing on average 40 hours per week. He has actively worked with new patrons and those whom have been involved in the club for many years.

Mr Moseley spends many hours at the club completing tasks and helping others such as meeting contractors assisting on the bar or cleaning the facility - no job is too big or small. He has lead, co-ordinated, marketed and inspired a number of events such as ‘Open Days’ and ‘Working Bees’. He communicates strongly with user groups and club members, implementing a monthly memo and quarterly newsletter since his time in presidency (2017).

Mr Moseley is humble and demonstrates appreciation for other club members, he has even nominated the Bar Manager, Peter Hill, in the Club’s WA Industry Awards for Excellence in 2019. Over the last couple of years Mr Moseley has dedicated significant time to work alongside new user groups including the Western Australian Deaf Recreation Association (known as WADRA) and Rotary Cambridge Community Shed. He represents LMRC on the Community Shed Management Committee and has been successful in initiating and completing a collaborative project, building a one block high limestone wall, with members of the community shed.

Mr Moseley has fostered a strong affiliation between WADRA and the LMRC, and their members have established a number of social and recreational activities at the centre. LMRC has embraced new members of WADRA with Auslan training being offered to all staff and volunteers. The relationship that has been developed has shown dividends in both social and sporting aspects of the club.

Mr Moseley has successfully worked alongside the management committee in raising awareness of issues and developing club facilities. He has made significant improvements including an update to the LMRC Constitution so that it was compliant and successful in developing applications and attaining funding from external grants.

Recently the club received funding to improve the Pentaque area, the entire process of which was managed by Mr Moseley. He has spent considerable time with the recent laying of the new synthetic green. Similarly he was successful in an application to one of the Town’s funding programs for a “Coffee by the Lake” initiative. The funding supported the purchase of a new display fridge and umbrella, assisting in the café project which Mr Moseley has spent significant volunteer hours promoting and running in an attempt to build the club’s ambiance and membership. Mr Moseley has also recognised and attempted to address long-term issues such as accessibility of the club facilities, which he is currently working alongside Town staff to address.

Under Mr Moseley’s leadership, a number of successful grant applications and working partnerships have been developed resulting in a number of positive outcomes. They include:

  • Securing a large amount of free mulch for the garden;
  • Purchasing Solar Panels to reduce power bills;
  • New internal cupboards have been built courtesy of Access Plus WA;
  • Upgrading Pool lighting and Dart Board in conjunction with WADRA;
  • Addition of a Pool table to assist WADRA in their social night events;
  • Assistance with gardening and greens maintenance through a subsidised placement in partnership with EDGE Employment Solutions;
  • “Café on the Lake” a new pathway was sealed from the Lake walking path into the Club by the Town of Cambridge;
  • Carpet replacement to lounge and Pool area, plus vinyl replacement in Bar area;
  • New veranda chairs purchased through small grants - Town of Cambridge;
  • Water fountain replacement through Town of Cambridge grants;
  • Stainless steel benches & cupboards purchased for the Bar area by the Club;
  • New kitchen resourced by the Club;
  • New fridge and umbrella through small grants - Town of Cambridge; and
  • Petanque area upgraded together with the Community Shed members and funding through Stronger Communities.

Mr Moseley’s valuable contribution to the Town of Cambridge has impacted the financial sustainability of the LMRC, developing resources and community partnerships to drive club membership and continuity.

 

Youth Volunteer of the Year

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Mr Nicholas Mozley

Mr Nicholas Mozley has demonstrated dedication to voluntary service at the West Coast Amateur Football Club for the past 7 years. He has served in a number of club roles including Committee Member, Vice President and Club President.

Mr Mozley commenced at the club in 2014, and was named as the Colts Captain in this first year. He immediately stepped into voluntary roles, responsible for the organisation of social and fundraising events. As a leader of the younger players at the club, Nick took on the responsibility of implementing an inclusive culture for a team with people from diverse backgrounds.

During his two years as Vice President, Mr Mozley commenced and established sponsorship protocol, contacting previous members and businesses in the area. He focused on driving and maintaining sponsorship relationships, which has proven highly successful and will be critical for the club’s longevity. In addition to this he commenced the development of a junior pathway through community partnerships with junior football clubs in the surrounding area. He personally became the Year 12 Assistant Coach at Wembley Downs Junior Football Club. These partnerships have contributed to the fast growing membership base that the club manages.

In 2017, Mr Mozley initiated the planning of the first inaugural NAIDOC week celebrations, engaging indigenous players at the club by asking them to design the jumpers for the game. Club members have high levels of respect Mr Mozley and the time he contributes to the club, as such club members were willing to put their hands up and volunteer support for Junior or Senior club events.  Since the event initiation in 2018, club members have been willing to contribute to the event with club players performing traditional dances and engaging in the event’s conduct. Mr Mozley has been successful in securing keynote speakers such as Larry Kickett, Phil Narkle and David Wirrpanda. His professionalism, organisation and tenacity has seen this become a highly successful fundraising event.

Mr Mozley was elected as the club’s President in 2018 even though he was one of the youngest members on the 15-member committee.

Over his first year he encouraged and managed the introduction of the women’s football team into the Perth Football League’s inaugural season and the seamless integration of women players into the club. He has advocated for female participation and this year there are 9 females on the committee. His support and drive for female engagement saw two teams participate of the 2019 season, making the club the second largest in terms of female members across the entire Perth Amateur Football League. Mr Mozley’s consideration of the diverse needs of females was further demonstrated in a recent funding application, which was successful and resulted in the installation of partitioning in the shower area of the clubrooms.

In terms of developing resources, the organisation turned over $185,000 in 2019 with a $2,000 gross profit despite an unrelenting willingness from Mr Mozley to subsidise female playing fees in an attempt to drive membership and long term financial benefit. It is recognised that his financial prowess and strong leadership has positioned the club to grow strongly from a member and financial standpoint.

Mr Mozley demonstrates a proactive approach to governance and he has overseen a restructure of the committee to ensure a community orientated culture. The restructure involved the commencement of two Vice President positions - community partnerships and footy department, a Junior Pathway Coordinator, Female Football Coordinator and the development of a number of sub-committees for fundraising, communications and social events.

Mr Mozley is a fantastic communicator demonstrated through the clubs relationship with West Coast Junior Football Club which has flourished under his leadership, ensuring young men and women have an established pathway to senior football. In addition to this, throughout the escalating COVID-19 situation he has embraced a flexible approach to management and continuously communicated with facility users to ensure they have the relevant support and resources they need to get through these tough times.