THREE outstanding volunteers were recently recognised with Australia Day Achievement Medallions for their tireless contribution towards the Emerald community through their involvement in the State Emergency Service.
Gary Plate, Michael Vale and Daryl Pearson received their awards at Pioneer Park on January 26 after being nominated by Emerald SES group leader Judy McDonald and other peers in the community.
Australia Day Achievement Medallions are presented to Department of Community Safety staff and volunteers who have gone over and above the course of duty to provide a significant contribution to the delivery of emergency and correctional services in Queensland.
Gary Plate has continually served the Emerald community and the Emerald SES over the past 11 years, serving in a leadership role as deputy controller for the past four.
“Over the past 11 years, particularly during the Emerald floods in 2008, Gary went above and beyond the requirements of any volunteer to ensure quality assistance was provided by the Emerald SES,” Ms McDonald said.
“Gary brings a wealth of experience to the Emerald SES.”
Michael Vale has also made an 11-year commitment, and Ms McDonald said his dedication over the period without any formal recognition made him a deserving recipient of the medallion.
“Michael’s contributions directly impact on the Emerald SES. His commitment to operations, training and service to the Emerald community is essential in the event of a disaster,” she said
“Michael not only volunteers his time for emergencies and training, but every Christmas Eve he puts his time and finances towards Operation Rudolph and the Emerald community Christmas parade.”
Daryl Pearson joined the Emerald SES at the height of the 2008 floods, and according to Ms McDonald, his commitment has only been strengthened since.
“Daryl has a family and a full-time job and he still manages to volunteer so much of his time to ensuring the efficient operation of our unit,” she said.
“Daryl’s impact on the SES has been so much so, that we are now better prepared for any disaster situation that arises.”
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