Ericson Community Service Award for 2021 winner John Jarvis!
We're so excited to announce the winner of the Ericson Community Service Award for 2021 - our congratulations go to John Jarvis!
John was nominated by Ann Nield and Helen Gobbi from the History Monash who wrote in great detail about his remarkable and significant contributions to the City of Monash. John's list of community work is a long one which started when he joined Victoria Police back in 1973. He dedicated himself to building links within the local community and received a Neighbourhood Watch Award of Honour for his work. Today he is an active member of Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale among his many roles he has served as President twice and was very dedicated to his role as Community Service Director for the club, he also serves as driver South East Volunteers taking people (mainly elderly) to activities, and is a reserve driver for Monash Oakleigh Community Support and Information Service driving food to those in need and is currently a Committee member with the History Monash Inc. These are just a few of his many contributions to our community and we hope you agree he is a very worthy recipient of this honour! John nominated History Monash Inc. to receive the $1,000 award and we look forward to hearing how the group plan to use the funds in due course.
We asked John how he felt about receiving the award and he wrote: "I am honoured to be awarded the Ericson Community Service Award and extend my thanks to the Community Bank Pinewood. This award is really recognition of the service of many volunteers across the community, who I am sure, feel as I do that we gain more than we give from the service we are able to provide. History Monash is only one of the Community Groups that has benefitted from the Community Bank Pinewood. “Not for profit” does not mean “at no cost”. Volunteers offer their labour to benefit the group but there is usually a factor of financial support required for any volunteer group to achieve success. The support offered by Community Bank Pinewood is therefore much appreciated."
Thank you to everyone who nominated a community individual for this award - we'd like to acknowledge our other finalists - Shashi Kochhar, Chris Brassington and Paul Crane. Your community work does not go unnoticed and you are all extremely valued for all that you have done and continue to do.
When restrictions ease we hope to have John in the branch to congratulate him in person along with award namesake Merv Ericson. We will launch the ECSA 2022 in May next year.