Commander in running for award
AN “untiring commitment” towards water safety in remote communities has earned the Windy Harbour Volunteer Marine Rescue commander a finalist nomination in this year’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services awards.
Commander Nigel Kelly is one of three finalists in the State for the Outstanding Individual Contribution award with the winner announced at the awards night in Perth this weekend.
The award criteria includes reliability, dependability, teamwork and leadership, all attributes a finalist needs to contribute to the community.
Commander Kelly has been involved in marine safety for 30 years, starting off at Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue and has been in his current position at Windy Harbour for 10 years.
“I was nominated by the committee here at Windy Harbour, I was actually away when I got the call I was a finalist,” he said.
“I’m proud the group thinks enough of me to nominate me
for an award.” In his nomination, commander Kelly was recognised for his excellence and professionalism shown in operational activities, his untiring commitment to the safety of the remote community, going above and beyond to ensure the group was properly resourced and the encouragement he offered to foster the group’s knowledge
Commander Kelly said one of the highlights he had experienced at Windy Harbour Volunteer Marine Rescue over the years was the construction of the state-of-the-art headquarters.
“To see such a state-of-the-art facility in a remote place is incredible,” he said.
Windy Harbour Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Nigel Kelly said it was an honour to be considered for an award alongside other worthy finalists.