Participants smiling in the garden

Sir John Monash Award

The Oakleigh Centre’s longest serving volunteer, David Hawkes, has again been recognised for his outstanding volunteering and community contributions.

David received a High Commendation award in the Positive Ageing Leadership category of the City of Monash’s Sir John Monash Awards. David was one of 59 nominees selected across eight award categories.

David and the Centre’s CEO, Therese Desmond, attended a special awards ceremony in May, held at the Monash Gallery of Art and hosted by Mayor, Cr Paul Klisaris.

The awards, which recognise outstanding contributions by community volunteers, are named after General Sir John Monash, from whom the City of Monash takes its name. A renowned Victorian academic and statesman, Sir Monash was also a volunteer soldier during World War 1 and rose through the ranks to become one of Australia’s most celebrated wartime heroes.

This is the second time David has received public recognition for his volunteering commitments: last year he was named Victorian Volunteer of the Year, winning the prestigious Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award at the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Awards.

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