Posted by Karin Eurell on May 03, 2020
On 10th March 2020, Rotary hosted its annual Pride of Workmanship Awards to celebrate outstanding vocational and community service.  The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, presented the awards to the following very worthy recipients:
 
Community Service Awards  
Eileen Ablett - Elaine has organised the Combined Probus Club of Northbridge guest speakers for the past 12 years and was a charter member of Probus when it commenced in April 1999.  
 
Michelle Barry - Michelle, on a voluntary basis, organises food for the parents of premature babies in the neonatal wards of RNSH. This indispensable service is vital for the parents of babies who are sometimes in hospital for months. Understandably the parents find it difficult to take breaks for meals.  Michelle has recently established another community project to support healthcare workers during the current global pandemic.
 
Rosemary Bekker - Founder and president of Willoughby Friends of Ossu. Rosemary (Rosie) uses her skills in Project Management, Business and Education to lead projects that have resulted in meaningful and rewarding benefits for the people of Ossu. Rosie’s love of Timor-Leste grew from teaching Timorese refugees in the 1980’s in Victoria, Australia.
 
Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade - The award was presented to Captain Luke Robinson and Senior Deputy Captain Simon Adams, representatives of Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade (which is Northbridge’s local RFS). Luke and Simon, in effect, represent all members of NSW Rural Fire Services. The award is made in recognition of the extraordinary work and dedication over many months that the Warringah Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade have made as well as all of the State’s volunteer fire fighters. Their work is ongoing and even though the fires have been extinguished there is much work to be done in overhauling and renewing equipment. 
 
Pride of Workmanship Awards
Dr Michael Burke - Michael retired just before Christmas 2019 having practiced, except for break of 4 years, as a GP in Northbridge since 1981. Over that time Michael has treated up to three generations of Northbridge families. Michael graduated in 1977 from the University of Sydney and was awarded Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners in 2000. Over many years Michael has treated patients in Castlecrag Private Hospital, at several nursing homes in the area as well as many residents of Northbridge and Castlecrag.
 
Dr Tim Clark - Tim retired late 2019 having practiced as a Dentist in Northbridge for a number of decades. Tim is the last of three generations of Clarks who have practiced as Dentists in Northbridge. Tim took over his father’s practice which his grandfather opened over 90 years ago. Many of Northbridge’s residents have been patients of Dr Clark. Tim has a fine reputation for a meticulous standard of competence and a bright and breezy disposition to put people at ease when visiting a dentist.
 
 
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