Bellarine Community Support Register has taken out Rotary Club of Ocean Grove’s prestigious Volunteer Organisation of the Year at the 2021 Community Awards.
The BPCSR Inc was launched in 2006 in response to local concerns about the welfare and safety of the elderly residents living on the Bellarine Peninsula, and is run by volunteers in conjunction with Victoria Police.
It was noted that efforts to keep the register functioning during 2020 were exceptional and included developing a working from home protocol.
Equal runners-up were Ocean Grove Playgroup and Bellarine Bears Baseball Club. The award was sponsored by Ryman Health Care.
The Team Member of the Year Award was presented to Nicki Goodwin from Bellarine Community Health. Nicki is a speech pathologist and helps to ease the fear of the dentist experienced by many people.
Runner-up was Janine Wilde from Ryman HealthCare and Rachelle Calleja from Bay IT was highly commended. The award was sponsored by Pavilion Property and was represented by Dan Bennett.
The Small Business Excellence Award was presented to Zero Point Yoga and accepted by Rebecca Duffield. There are 40 yoga classes per week with people attending from a wide catchment area.
Runner up was art’Skool@KAZWORKS and was accepted by Kaz McGlynn and Cakes’n’Bake by Kate Hudson. The award was presented by Ocean Grove Business Association Ty Simons.
The Apprentice/Trainee of the Year was Lachlan McVilly from VDB Homes.
Runner-up was Jack Martin, from Mode Electrics. Highly commended was Kayla Mair from
the Ocean Grove Hotel. The sponsor was MEGT, a national group involved with assisting Indigenous people.
Rotary Club of Ocean Grove said it was thrilled with the large number of applications that were received and congratulated all who were nominated.