Brimbank Central Community Leadership Recognition Awards


by Athena Vass, Rotrary Club of Brimbank Central

The Rotary Club of Brimbank Central is committed to serving the community locally and internationally.

Developing young people to do the same, and become leaders in the community, is our vision. The young people of today are the future Rotarians supporting the Brimbank Community to flourish.

In the 2017 school year, our club offered 4 local secondary schools seeding grants for a student led fundraising project in partnership with our club. Our members have had a working relationship with these school.

communities, and we decided to build on these relationships in collaborative community projects. The schools are: St Albans Secondary College, Victoria University Secondary College, Taylors Lakes Secondary College and Keilor Downs College.

The club offered schools a $500 grant to support a fundraising program or project, which supported our club’s work with the elderly at Grantham Green Aged Care Nursing Home, adults with disabilities at SCOPE, and young children at our local Bicycle Education Centre.

Students at each college were nominated for a Community Leadership Recognition Award, and were invited along with family and school members to a special evening at the end of the school year where they were recognised for their efforts in community leadership. Our category of awards were as follows:

Awards Selection Criteria: 

  • The Unsung Hero Award recognises people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve everyday success.
  • The Change Maker Award celebrates people who have taken an innovative or creative approach to supporting programs, people and/or initiatives to seek positive change to make a real difference.
  • The Making an Impact Award recognises people who have made a significant impact on the work of their school team through demonstrating enthusiasm, hard work or, making contributions that are effective, sustainable and have a lasting effect.
  • The Above and Beyond Award celebrates people who demonstrate and champion superior service that delivers a specific, significant and sustained benefit to a program, person and/or initiative.
  • The Building Culture Award recognises people who demonstrate effective or consistent effort that achieve greater outcomes by promoting the values of their school, and respective community organisation.

This was an excellent way to engage the entire community and put the work of Rotary on show. It was also an opportunity to promote new membership in Rotary.

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