Community champions honoured at Sir John Monash Awards 2020

 26 March 2021

Outstanding Leadership award winner Philip-Ryan-in-a-blue-suit-and-tie-holding-two-glass-awards-and-Mayor-Brian-Little-in-a-suit-and-tie

An exceptional commitment to opening up pathways for young people with an intellectual disability to participate in Australian Rules Football has seen Philip Ryan named the Sir John Monash Awards 2020 winner for Outstanding Leadership.

Philip is President of the Mazenod Panthers Football Club, which has two teams playing in the AFLVIC/Football Integration Development Association (AFLVIC/FIDA). This competition is for players with an intellectual disability and has 16 clubs participating throughout Victoria.

The nomination for Philip in the Advocate of People with Disabilities category reads: “He is a passionate mentor, who treats everyone equally, and this is evidenced by the respect and relationships he has built up with the players, their families and their carers.”

Mayor Brian Little said 51 nominations had been received for the annual awards, which are highly anticipated by the Monash community.

"Philip and his fellow nominees and winners are wonderful examples of the enduring and strong community spirit that exists in Monash," Cr Little said.

"There are so many wonderful people in Monash who give back so selflessly to the community in many ways, whether it’s running Auskick programs, a gardening club, or helping parents to feel welcome and able to make new connections at playgroups.

"It’s an honour to meet these community champions and be able to thank them for their outstanding work."

The 2020 awards ceremony had been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners and highly commended in all eight categories of the awards are:

Positive Ageing Leadership

Winner - Pravin Ghelani

Inspirational Women’s Leadership Award

Winner - Mizna Shahbaz

Highly commended - May Ning, Michelle James

Outstanding Advocate of People with Disabilities

Winner - Philip Ryan

Highly commended – Hazel Hockley, Zoe Broomhead

Multicultural Champion

Winner - Manal Tahir

Highly commended – Heather Safstrom, Shobha Sekhar

Active Monash

Winner – Jeff Hocking

Highly commended - Donald Smith, Michael Morrissey

Youth Leadership

Winner – Boris Lai

Highly commended - Anna Zhang

Sustainability Leadership

Winner - Alice Mahar

Highly commended - Sally and Tony Walker (joint nomination), Waverley Garden Club (group nomination)

Volunteer of the Year

Winners - Anthony Hodges, Kerry Ryan

Highly commended - Katy Smith

Council thanks all the award winners and nominees for their valuable work in the community and especially for their continued efforts, leadership and resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

*The winner of the Sir John Monash Award for Outstanding Leadership is chosen from among the all the category winners. Awards recognising members of the local community and honouring Sir John Monash have run in Monash since 1998 when Norm Gibbs won the inaugural Sir John Monash Community Leadership award.


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