Chris Rol­nik-Ci­ti­zen of the Year-Fi­nal­ist -Hills Shire Coun­cil 2016 Aus­tralia Day Awards

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Aus­tralia Day 26th Jan­uary 2016

The War­rah Society is proud to an­nounce that our long term res­i­dent and vol­un­teer Chris Rol­nik is a fi­nal­ist in this year’s Hills Shire Coun­cil 2016 Aus­tralia Day awards. Chris was nom­i­nated as a Ci­ti­zen of the Year, by the War­rah Society, for his out­stand­ing and loyal vol­un­teer sta­tus at the War­rah Society span­ning 50 years of ser­vice.

50 years ago in 1965 a small group of friends formed the War­rah Trust, and our founders, Karl and Han­nelor Kal­tenbach, started pre­par­ing our ed­u­ca­tional and vo­ca­tional pro­grams, util­is­ing the prin­ci­ples of Ru­dolf Steiner’s Cu­ra­tive Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Ther­apy. Karl and a small group of teenagers with dis­abil­ity be­gan to clear the land in Du­ral in prepa­ra­tion for a bio­dy­namic veg­etable gar­den. Dur­ing that time War­rah Society was formed, and 4 years later with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the State and Com­mon­wealth, the first res­i­den­tial cot­tages were built on the Du­ral cam­pus.

Chris was one of the first res­i­dents here at War­rah and came here in his youth. He has been a res­i­dent at War­rah for most of his life, yet he still has in­cred­i­ble en­ergy, stamina and en­thu­si­asm for the farm where he still works full time as a vol­un­teer.

Over the last half of a cen­tury, Chris has seen lots of changes here at the War­rah Society. Many farm­ers have come and gone; there have been pe­ri­ods of pro­duc­tiv­ity and rel­a­tive dor­mancy. Through­out all of this time Chris who is al­ways a man of in­tegrity has re­mained loyal to War­rah and all of its val­ues and prin­ci­pals.

War­rah’s cur­rent full­time Farmer and friend to Chris, Rob Greatholde­r de­scribes the pro­found ef­fect that Chris has not just on our or­gan­i­sa­tion but also our land­scape:

“Ev­ery­where you look there are pieces of him ex­pressed: in the im­mac­u­late twist of the fenc­ing wire, the or­der and sym­me­try of the work­shop and in the deeply trod­den path down to his cot­tage”.

Chris’s out­look is one of in­no­cence and pos­i­tiv­ity and, although a man of very few words, he is a deep thinker, oc­ca­sion­ally sur­pris­ing us all with some Zen-like ob­ser­va­tion that of­fers a glimpse into the way his mind works. He loves any­thing me­chan­i­cal and will be­come com­pletely ab­sorbed in tin­ker­ing and re­pair­ing if given the op­por­tu­nity. His skills and ded­i­ca­tion to our farm keep the place run­ning like clock­work. The War­rah Society is truly grate­ful for all that he does here.

Win­ners of each of the cat­e­gories will be an­nounced at the Aus­tralia Day 2016 at Bella Vista Farm Park’’ event When: Tues­day 26 Jan­uary 2016 Where: Bella Vista Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista Time: Please ar­rive at 12 noon through Gate 1 and head to the

com­mu­nity stage which will be on your right. Park­ing: There will be park­ing on­site. Please fol­low the di­rec­tions

of the park­ing at­ten­dants. More in­for­ma­tion about the Hills Shire Coun­cil Aus­tralia Day Awards can be found here: http://www.the­hills.nsw.gov.au/Up­com­ing-Events-Ac­tiv­i­ties/ Aus­tralia-Day-the-Farm More in­for­ma­tion about the War­rah Society can be found on our web­site: www.war­rah.org

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