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Parkinson’s WA Annual Community Awards

closeup of Anna Brotherson Parkinson's WA Fundraiser of the Year winner and her father Michael
Posted on: 30 January 2018

At the end of each year we take the time to thank and recognise the achievements of our volunteers and fundraisers. These awards began in 2007 and people are nominated by Parkinson’s WA staff with the final decision ratified by the Parkinson’s WA Board. It’s always a difficult decision to make as so many people make such a valuable contribution in so many ways throughout the year. The winners were announced and presented at the annual Volunteers Christmas Lunch which took place on International Volunteer Day on December 5th at The Niche in Nedlands, which is an annual celebration for all of our volunteers.

Geoff Pride Fundraiser of the Year Award 2017

This award recognises an individual’s outstanding endeavours to raise funds to support services to the Parkinson’s community. It has been renamed the Geoff Pride Fundraiser of the Year award in recognition of the contribution made by our Treasurer, Geoff Pride over the last 15 years.

Winner – Anna Brotherson

In February 2017, Anna, entered the Rottnest Channel Swim. Her goal was to swim solo and raise $5,000 for Parkinson’s WA, on behalf of her father Michael, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015. Her father had been a community pharmacist in Applecross since his late 20’s and had just retired when he was diagnosed. In the months prior to the race, Anna launched an active campaign to secure as much sponsorship for her swim as
possible. The result of her fundraising efforts was just under $22,000.

Volunteer of the Year Award 2017

This award recognises overall outstanding participation as a volunteer in the Parkinson’s community.

Winner – Maureen Rowles

Maureen has been a very active support group leader for over 22 years, since 1996. Initially, the Morley Support Group met at her house until numbers increased, and they moved to an outside venue, which Maureen
organised. Maureen’s late husband had Parkinson’s so she understands the need for a warm, welcoming environment for new members. Maureen has been the driving force for their annual fundraising events, which is 2017 was a joint effort between The Morley Support Group and The Knit and Natter Group as she is an advocate for the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist Service, as she has first-hand experience of the benefits our specialised nursing service provides to people diagnosed with and affected by Parkinson’s.

Community Spirited Award

This award recognises a member of Parkinson’s WA who has supported the Parkinson’s community by their willingness to share their experience with other members of the Parkinson’s community.

Winner – John Lochore

John has been associated with Parkinson’s WA for over 15 years and was involved in the growth of the organisation in its early days. He had been instrumental in promoting the Parkinson’s WA initial dance class, directing donations to the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist service, supporting A Walk in the Park and being the support group leader for the Western Suburbs for the last two years.

Want to be in with a chance of winning a Parkinson’s WA Community Award in 2018? Find out more about fundraising, volunteering, support programs and support groups to see how you can get involved with Parkinson’s WA.