Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 City of Belmont Community Service and NAIDOC Award Winners

We recently presented the 2022 City of Belmont Community Service Awards and NAIDOC Community Award.
 
Community spirit is valued very highly in the City of Belmont. Each year we recognise individuals and organisations that provide an outstanding service to our community.
 
The first Community Service Award for the ‘People Who Make a Difference’ category was presented to Shaun Chandran.
 
Shaun was instrumental in establishing the Belmont Dads' Group, which has grown to a network of over 400 dads, the largest Dads' Group in WA. As well connecting online, the group meets weekly and also runs the annual, and very successful, Man with a Pram community event for Father’s Day.
 
As well as founding the group, Shaun also supports other community initiatives including as a member of the Belmont Early Years Group, activities for the recent Children’s Week Play Date event, Men’s Health Week and Mental Health Week.
 
Shaun also recently launched ‘Together With Dad!’, a series of activities for kids and their Dads in the City of Belmont. These efforts aim to promote mental health and practical support for parenting.
 
The second Community Service Award for the ‘Aged and People Who Make a Difference’ category was presented to Suzanne Britton.
 
Suzanne has been a volunteer with the City of Belmont since 2017. She began volunteering to provide digital literacy support and social connectivity for seniors, through the Tech Savvy and Connect Club programs.
 
She also volunteers at a retirement village and for two years volunteered with Umbrella Multicultural Community Care to assist CaLD community members with digital literacy support.
 
The third Community Service Award for the category ‘Community Service and People Who Make a Difference’ was presented to Sandie Thorne.
 
Sandie has committed significant time and leadership in initiating inclusive activities, events, networks and programs focused on mental health and people with disability.
 
She has been volunteering at Befriend since 2018 in numerous volunteer peer support and advocacy roles, actively seeking to build an inclusive and connected community in the City of Belmont.
 
She has hosted more than 330 social events in the City with at least 1500 participants, including board game nights, walks, meditation sessions, digital literacy, learning workshops and more.
 
She also volunteers in peer support roles, helping people with their NDIS plans and appointments, co-facilitates the Eclipse Suicide Survivors Support Program with Lifeline, and is a volunteer with Red Cross in their op-shop in Bentley.
 
The NAIDOC Community Award was presented to a proud Wangkatha-Yamatji woman who was born and raised on Whadjuk country, Kayley Anne Emery.
 
Kayley is a local student at Belmont City College, she has been a member of the Follow The Dream program from 2016 and is a leader within the program.
 
She strives to complete her best at school and is a mentor to many younger students in the program. She is extremely passionate about her culture and art, and is eager to share her knowledge with peers, staff and the community.
 
We thank all the award winners for their outstanding contribution to the community.
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