Another overwhelming response to our Volunteer of the Year Award this year which shows how much you value these wonderful people who give their time so willingly in canteens around the State. Thank you to everyone who sent in your nominees for the ‘Nan Marlow Award for Excellence in Volunteering’. Nan Marlow was a very special lady who contributed many hours to Gosnells Senior High School even though she never had children attending the school.
What would we do without these amazing people many of whom commit to help in the canteen year after year? Without their help, many canteens have been forced to cut back the days they open or have decided to outsource their canteen operations to private providers. This once a year opportunity to recognise those who help to keep your canteen viable is WASCA’S way of acknowledging how much you appreciate them. Canon Foods think so too and were delighted to continue their sponsorship of this award. WASCA gratefully acknowledges their contribution.
Every school who nominated a volunteer has been sent a Certificate of Appreciation for each person nominated. Imagine how many hours in total are contributed by these heroes to canteens throughout the State. Their time is worth literally millions of dollars to our schools each and every year.
The outright winner of this year’s award is Mr John Broad who has been volunteering at the Ocean Reef Senior High School Canteen for 25 years. A remarkable feat for anyone but considering John is almost 81 years of age; it makes him a very special hero in the eyes of the school community.
John was nominated for the award by the Canteen Manager, Ms Eileen Holyoake who described John as making ‘our work environment a lot of fun, and he never lets us down’. John has been coming in once a week and more recently twice a week for a total of 5,000 hours over 25 years.
Eileen also told us that John has 9 children, numerous grand and great-grandchildren and has been a widower for over 30 years and that he is an ardent West Perth supporter. When presenting the Award to John, Mr Richard Pace of Canon Foods said how thrilled their company was to sponsor this award to acknowledge such a wonderful achievement.
Richard presented John with a personal plaque acknowledging his contribution and a two night break at the Sebel Hotel in Mandurah in a superior room with a view including breakfast both mornings and dinner one evening, as well as a$100 cab charge which will allow him to watch his beloved Falcons play Peel in Mandurah later this year. Draped in his scarf, he graciously accepted the award. The perpetual shield will no doubt be proudly displayed at the school for the next twelve months! Congratulations John– you certainly deserve to be thoroughly spoilt and we all hope you enjoy the relaxation – and the footy!