St John Annual Awards Day Honours Local Heroes

St John Annual Awards Day Honours Local Heroes

03 November 2014

An 82 year old man will be among 96 individuals whose extraordinary achievements will be recognised at St John Ambulance South Australia’s annual Awards Day on Saturday, November 1.

The Awards Day, held at Government House, is a special occasion to acknowledge and celebrate the generous contribution to the South Australian community by the many individuals who work tirelessly and volunteer their time for the not-for-profit organisation.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, will present the prestigious awards, which will include:

· A 62 year service award to Victor Kollosche

· Two 52 years of service awards to Raelene Denham, and Wendy Gibson

· The Cadet of the Year Award to 18 year old Peter McCallum

· The Cadet Leader of the Year Award to 20 year old Imogen Lee

· Full list of award recipients attached

Victor Kollosche will be rewarded for his considerable 62 years of service to St John Ambulance SA (STJSA). Starting with the organisation in 1952, Victor was later employed by St John and continued service until his retirement, 40 years later. Following his retirement, Mr Kollosche has maintained his association with St John and still volunteers to this day.

Additional awards being presented on the day will be the Robert Britten-Jones training award to John Hughes and the 1st Bar recognising 17 years of service to Elizabeth McQuade, Len Morris and Jillian Nation for Community Care.

In addition to the awards given to its staff and volunteers, every year St. John also recognises members of the general public who have used their first aid skills to safe the life of another person. This year, five people from the community will receive a “St. John Save a Life” award to recognise their inspirational and courageous acts of kindness.

STJSA is the state’s leading provider of first aid services and training, employing 79 staff and with a dedicated network of over 2000 volunteers operating from 70 locations across South Australia. Its members and personnel provide services to the South Australian community in many ways with a range of award recipients from all areas of the organisation, including daily operational management, first aid trainers, community care volunteers and cadets.

St John Ambulance SA CEO Sharyn Mitten says she is proud to see the great work St John personnel carry out on a day-to-day basis for the community.

“Each year we present a number of awards to people who have contributed a great deal of time and dedication to the South Australian community,” she said.

“Not only are our members providing first aid assistance at major events around the State, they are also providing the public with the necessary first aid skills in case they are faced with an emergency.”

St John has been recognising the great work of members since 1885 when the first St John Awards Day was held.