Shepparton volunteer Joan Mitchell has received the Molly Hadfield Special Commendation and is one of several public housing tenants recognised yesterday at the Penington Hadfield Awards for work in their communities.
At a ceremony in Parliament House, Melbourne, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley presented Mrs Mitchell with her award for outstanding services to older tenants.
Mrs Mitchell has lived on the Parkside Estate for 30 years, and from 2003 became a valuable community volunteer when the Neighbourhood Renewal project began in the area.
Her voluntary roles included Chair of the Advisory Board and founding Chair of the Tenant/Community Voice Group monthly meetings. Mrs Mitchell was also instrumental in helping to establish the Let’s Get Together group for over 50s, initially supported with funding from the Mental Illness Fellowship.
She continues to be closely involved in community activities, including supporting the community barbecue every eight weeks that attracts as many as 60 locals.
Rumbalara independent living resident June Murray also received a Certificate of Recognition at the Pennington Hadfield Awards.
Mrs Murray is retired but had many valuable roles helping her community, including (many years ago) working with pastor Sir Doug Nicholls in youth housing.
Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed congratulated Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Murray and said: “Volunteers don’t do what they do because they seek recognition but Joan and June are proud to receive these honours; they are very well deserved.”
Picture: P-H awards. Caption: June Murray, Suzanna Sheed and Joan Murray at the Penington Hadfield Awards at Parliament House.