Robert East and Megan Dalley Awards 2020

Published on 10 August 2020

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Dennis Frost, chair of the Dementia Friendly Kiama Project, has been recognised with the Robert East Award for 2020.

The Robert East Memorial Award recognises Council employees who have made significant contributions as volunteers in the community.

The Award honours the late Councillor East who had an outstanding record of community service. 

Mayor Mark Honey said Mr Frost continued Kiama’s very proud tradition of volunteering.

“Dennis has chaired the Advisory Group for our Dementia-friendly Kiama Project, since its inception in 2014,” Clr. Honey said.

“He has dedicated countless hours, effort and personal resources to this project, and the results speak for themselves.”

“Dementia Friendly Kiama is now internationally recognised by dementia advocates, researchers and educators.”

Clr. Honey said Dennis has helped establish important working relationships with organisations such as Dementia Australia that have ensured the long-term future of the Dementia Friendly Kiama Project.

Dennis has also become highly sought after as a spokesperson for those living with dementia, both at home and overseas.

“It speaks to Dennis’s character and commitment that, wherever and whenever he is, his focus is always the great work being done here in Kiama, and all the people who have made that possible.”

The Megan Dalley Memorial Award, which recognises outstanding performance by a Council trainee, apprentice or cadet, has been presented to mechanical apprentice Michael Gaskin.

The Award is a tribute to the memory of Megan Dalley, an outstanding customer service trainee of tremendous ability, attitude and commitment.

Mayor Mark Honey said while an apprentice, Michael had wasted no time becoming an integral part of the workshop crew.

“Michael’s workmates say he is always willing and able to handle extra work, and gives 120 per cent, all day every day.”

“They also say he’s always looking for new challenges and his high standard of work is above and beyond his year in the trade.”

Michael was also nominated for his problem-solving skills, strong team work and ability to represent Council well when dealing with the community.

Photo: Leanne Williams (East family) with Dennis Frost