Trio re­warded for their con­tri­bu­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THREE peo­ple who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity were ac­knowl­edged by the City of Bel­mont at the 2015 Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Awards.

Pet­rina Lawrence, Alan Richard­son and Ab­dirisak Ali were pre­sented with awards in the cat­e­gories of Peo­ple Who Make a Dif­fer­ence and Youth.

City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said com­mu­nity spirit was vi­tal to a com­mu­nity to en­able it to thrive and the re­cip­i­ents had dis­played this through their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to serv­ing oth­ers.

“All our re­cip­i­ents join the list of pres­ti­gious Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award win­ners and they truly em­body the spirit of our com­mu­nity,” Cr Marks said.

“I want to thank them for serv­ing our com­mu­nity and making the City of Bel­mont a great place for ev­ery­one to live in.”

Ms Lawrence was awarded for her 10 years of work on the City’s Dis­abil­ity Ac- cess and In­clu­sion Fo­cus Group.

Dur­ing her time with the group, she helped the City im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives to im­prove ac­cess and in­clu­sion for Bel­mont res­i­dents of all ages.

Alan Richard­son was com­mended for his many achieve­ments, dat­ing back to his time as a City of Bel­mont coun­cil­lor from 1989 to 2005.

He served two terms as deputy mayor in 1996 and 2003 and was awarded the Medal of the Or­der in Aus­tralia in 2013.

The youngest re­cip­i­ent, at just 19, Ab­dirisak Ali, a refugee from Kenya, was recog­nised for over­com­ing bar­ri­ers to be­come a leader, tu­tor and men­tor to his peers and the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Mr Ali is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Youth Lead­er­ship Round­table and fa­cil­i­tated a num­ber of con­sul­ta­tion work­shops on racism, dis­crim­i­na­tion and cli­mate change.

The three re­cip­i­ents re­ceived their awards at a cer­e­mony on De­cem­ber 5.

Award win­ners Pet­rina Lawrence, Ab­dirisak Ali and Alan Richard­son with City of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks.

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