Pride of Marion
Help us celebrate the people who are making Marion a better place to live by telling us their stories.
You can send us information about a volunteer, a person who has performed an act of kindness or service to the community, a local business that has gone beyond the call of duty, a role model, or someone who has overcome a significant personal challenge.
Please submit a summary of their achievements of about 100 words and a photograph via this online form along with your contact details and those of the person you are nominating.
We will regularly profile people on this page who are the Pride of Marion.
Please send your nomination to Pia Vogrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Marion - Citizen of the year 2016
Peter moved to the Marion area with his wife Heather in 1962 and immediately became involved in community life by volunteering to help establish George Street Reserve. He worked as a Police Superintendent and helped set up Blue Light Discos for young people.
Peter soon became the driving force behind the transformation of Marion’s original village into a destination for people wanting to experience local history with walks, guided tours and displays. Peter became an integral part of the Marion Historic Society, Marion Historic Village Project Group and the Friends of Annie Doolan’s Cottage.
In 2010, he led volunteers in renovating an old Sunday school building on Township Road into what is now the Marion Historic Display Centre.
To commemorate the 2015 ANZAC Centenary, Peter researched and built an exhibit for the centre featuring the stories of 26 men from the area who died in World War One. A long-term volunteer, Peter has served as vice-president of the national body of the Diabetes Association and a bus driver for Resthaven.
City of Marion - Young citizen of the year 2016
Charlotte is taking the lead in the fight against cancer after losing her aunt and her mother’s partner to this terrible disease. She responded courageously and selflessly to this tragedy by successfully completing the Cancer Council youth ambassador program last year.
Charlotte has worked with other youth ambassadors to organise awareness-raising events about sun safety and healthy eating as well as fundraisers for the Daffodil Day and the Biggest Morning Tea where she was part of a team that raised $3000.
At 14-years-old, Charlotte has shown great strength of character and determination by encouraging young people to fight cancer.
Community event of the year 2016
The Lions Club of Hallett Cove and Districts Inc.
The Lions Club of Hallett Cove, led by Graeme Botting, delivered a truly memorable event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Work included organising a huge range of logistics, including sound, lighting, marquees and promotions.
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service was the first event held around a new memorial built by Council at Hallett Cove foreshore. Despite violent storms the previous evening, an estimated 4000 people gathered around the memorial to pay their respects.
The dawn service began with a lone piper playing a lament and saw the sun come up over the site, which bears a striking resemblance to ANZAC Cove. The Hallett Cove community embraced the event and the piper and bugler were local residents.
Tony has overcome depression to lead a social support group and become an invaluable volunteer at Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre.
Tony’s life was turned upside down in 2001 when he became housebound with depression and memory loss, which led to him losing the ability to read and write.
In 2010, Tony, now 61, forced himself to leave the house and visit Trott Park Park Neighbourhood Centre which led to him setting up a monthly bloke’s brekky where he cooks for about 30 men who use it as a reason to get together and make friends.
He helped build the centre’s wood oven, supports the woodwork group, and has learned to read and write again.
When Warradale Meals on Wheels began operating in 1990 Yvonne was one of the first to volunteer.
Twenty-five years later she is part of a team that by 2016 will have prepared and delivered one million meals to people within the City of Marion.
Yvonne, 76, is motivated to prepare nourishing and healthy meals as it helps people live independently and comfortably in their homes.
Her apricot and apple strudel has become a firm favourite with Meals on Wheels clients and she intends to keep volunteering for many years.
Jess was just 21 when she began volunteering for the SES to learn new skills.
Now, aged 29, the State Government administration worker, who covers the Marion Council area from the SES office at Lonsdale in her spare time, has already racked up a wealth of experience.
Jess has travelled to Queensland to battle floods, tied tarpaulins on roofs to save homes from storms and had the satisfaction of being involved in a search that found a missing child.
Her reward is to be in a team that can be called to the front line in times of need.