Dot Griffin receives Stan Henwood Award

Cardinia Shire Mayor Jack Kowarzik with 2024 Stan Henwood Award winner Dot Griffin and Bev Henwood. Picture: SUPPLIED

Cardinia Shire Council announced Dot Griffin as this year’s 2024 Stan Henwood Award recipient at the annual volunteer reception at Cardinia Cultural Centre last Thursday night.  

This event is an opportunity to celebrate with our local volunteers and formally acknowledge their contributions to our community for National Volunteer Week (20 – 26 May). 

The Stan Henwood Award honours lifetime achievements in community service and volunteering.

Dot has played a pivotal role in various community initiatives, demonstrating her leadership and dedication to the betterment of Cockatoo and its residents. She works tirelessly to ensure the best outcomes for her community, collaborating with various stakeholders at all levels of government.  

Dot is known for her unique blend of determination, kindness, and leadership. She can rally support from others, even those who may not typically volunteer while maintaining a warm and approachable demeanour. Dot is an inclusive and empowering leader who mentors and encourages young volunteers to take on leadership roles within the community.  

Dot has been instrumental in proposing and helping establish a Bendigo Community Bank, contributing significantly to local economic development. She also played a vital role in preserving the McBride Street Kinder, ensuring its recognition as a heritage site by the State Government. Dot has earned a number of awards in recognition for her community work. 

Cardinia Shire Mayor Jack Kowarzik, congratulated Dot and thanked the Shire’s many volunteers for their ongoing efforts. 

“We warmly thank Dot for her continuous dedication and commitment to our local community. The significant contributions Dot has made to the Shire make her a well-deserving recipient of the 2024 Stan Henwood Award,” Mayor Kowarzik said.

“I would also like to formally show my appreciation to all the award nominees, Jagtar Singh, Binita Maskey, Dr. Mary Cole, Rachelle Mechielsen, Margaret Gemmel, your dedication and passion for serving others is truly amazing, and we cannot thank you enough for your remarkable efforts.

“Thank you to all our amazing local volunteers. Your contributions do not go unnoticed and are a major part of what makes Cardinia Shire the wonderful place it is.”

For more information about the Stan Henwood Award, visit:  

For details about volunteering opportunities in Cardinia Shire, visit: or phone 1300 787 624.