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Winners of the third annual Pride of the Illawarra –
Emergency Services Officers of the Year Awards were
announced by Rotary District 9765 Governor Garry
Browne at a gala awards dinner held at Wollongong
University, NSW, on Friday, August 9.
The awards are an initiative of the Combined Rotary
clubs of the Illawarra acknowledging and celebrating the
achievements of local Emergency Services personnel. In
line with the Rotary motto Service Above Self, the Annual
Pride of the Illawarra awards recognise local Emergency
Services personnel who have performed community
service above and beyond the call of duty.
The awards are open to all serving members of the seven
State Emergency Services groups, namely, Ambulance
Service of NSW, Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue
NSW, NSW Police Force, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State
Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
A call to the public for nominations was held earlier in
the year with finalists and winners selected by panels of
independent judges drawn from Rotary.
In a message congratulating all involved with the
awards, NSW Governor and Patron of the Pride of the
Illawarra awards, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir,
AC, CVO, said “The Rotary motto of Service and Above
Self epitomises the splendid ideals upheld in the Pride
of the Illawarra Awards, acknowledging local Emergency
Service personnel who have undertaken community
service well beyond the call of duty. Those generous-
spirited individuals provide a model of courage and care
in their speedy response to emergencies”.
Over 400 guests attended the sold-out awards
dinner including five NSW State Emergency Services
Commissioners and finalists from all seven Emergency
According to Rotary District Governor Garry Browne,
“Rotary’s Pride of the Illawarra Awards have proved such
a great success over the past three years, I am pleased to
announce that Rotary will be expanding the concept State-
wide next year. Congratulations to Dot Hennessy and her
team for creating such a worthwhile event. It is wonderful
that we have this opportunity to acknowledge those who
give so much to the community on a daily basis”.
Garry went on to point out that several Rotary District
Governors and Senior Emergency Ser vices personnel from
outside the Illawarra were in attendance and were committed
to launching the event in their own regions next year.
The major awards of Officer Working in a Paid Capacity
and Officer working in a Volunteer Capacity were won by
Robert Minns and Sandra Huer respectively.
The services awards were taken out by Peter Cribbs
from Ambulance Service of NSW, Andrew Erlik from Fire
and Rescue NSW, Christopher Bowers from Marine Rescue
NSW, Robert Minns from NSW Police Force, Sandra Huer
from NSW Rural Fire Service, John Wall from NSW State
Emergency Service and Wayne Perry from NSW Volunteer
For more info visit www.prideoftheillawarra.com.au
Pride of the Illawarra Emergency Services Officers of the Year Awards
winners Peter Cribbs from Ambulance Service of NSW, left, John
Wall from NSW State Emergency Service, Andrew Erlik from Fire and
Rescue NSW, Sandra Huer from NSW Rural Fire Service, Robert Minns
from NSW Police Force, Wayne Perry from NSW Volunteer Rescue
Association and Christopher Bowers from Marine Rescue NSW.
PRIDE OF ILLAWARRA
Rob Pennicott is a Tasmanian Rotarian and founder of the award-winning tourism business,
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Sustainability is a big part of Rob’s business philosophy.
He donated $100,000 to a project to eradicate a feral species from Tasman Island, saving
50,000 seabirds annually. In 2011, Rob circumnavigated Australia in a 5.4m rubber dinghy
raising over $290,000 for conservation and helping Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.
Like Rob, you can join Rotary to make a difference. There’s nothing else like Rotary.
There’s a club near you. Join the conversation by visiting rotaryaustralia.org.au
Rotary. Humanity in motion.
I believe in
That’s why I
— Rob Pennicott, Tasmanian of the Year 2012
1300 4 ROTARY
Beyond the call of duty
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