Cardinia Shire Council and community celebrated 2019 Stan Henwood Award winner, Wendy Andrews, and the amazing efforts of local volunteers at a ceremony in Pakenham last Thursday night, 23 May.
Closing out National Volunteer Week, the 2019 Stan Henwood Award presentation and annual volunteer reception recognised hundreds of volunteers from more than 500 organisations and was attended by four generations of Henwoods, paying tribute to Stan’s legacy.
The Stan Henwood Award recognises lifetime achievements in community service and volunteering. It commemorates the lifetime contribution that Stan Henwood made to his local community of Tynong, as well as the broader Cardinia Shire.
Recipient of the 2019 Stan Henwood Award, Wendy Andrews is a valued Pakenham resident who generously gives her time to many community and fundraising events.
Wendy has been a member of the Lakeside Residents Group since 2010 across various roles including vice-president and president.
During her time with this group, Wendy has tirelessly coordinated many amazing community events and fundraisers. In recent years, she and the Lakeside Residents Group have also organised the Australia Day community event at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.
Wendy’s contributions to the organising committee of the Art Show Pakenham (formally Yakkerboo Art Show) has seen the event go from success to success over the last six years.
In addition to Wendy’s successes in organising many events and raising money for worthwhile causes, she also thoughtfully makes beautiful memory bears for people who have lost love ones.
Cardinia mayor Graeme Moore congratulated Wendy and said he was honoured to thank our shire’s volunteers on behalf of our whole community at the reception.
“We warmly thank and congratulate Wendy on her fabulous dedication to our community and feel she is a deserving recipient of the Stan Henwood Award for 2019! Congratulations and thank you also to all of the award nominees and every single volunteer within our shire,” Cr Moore said.
“The amazing and selfless work of our dedicated volunteers is an incredible community resource, and I am so proud to be able to recognise their contribution to our community – Happy National Volunteer Week!”