Boroondara Community Awards | Jellis Craig
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Announcing the Boroondara Community Award Winners

Connecting our Community for 30 years

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Over the last few months, it was great to read the many nominations from our local businesses, families, health and wellbeing facilities and educators. It is clear that our Boroondara Community is filled with special individuals.

The Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Awards provide a platform to celebrate, acknowledge and reward the hard work of our locals, in the community that we have shared for 30 years.

We are very excited to announce the winners of the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Awards.

Rev. Natalie Dixon-Monu has won the Jellis Craig Boroondara People’s Award, for her endless devotion and unfathomed passion to all thing’s social justice, as coordinator at the Boroondara Community Outreach Centre.

Daniel Evans has been awarded the Jellis Craig Boroondara Local Educator Award. Daniel exemplifies the motto in life, if you can do a job you love, you’ll always love the job you do. Daniel has been a mentor and an extraordinary example of resilience and perseverance during a time of uncertainty to his fellow colleagues and students.

Camberwell Hockey Club (CHC) are the winners of the Jellis Craig Boroondara Health and Wellbeing Award. Recently adding mental health first aid training to their skill set, CHC strive to provide an empowering environment for the Boroondara community to compete and play their beloved sport of Hockey.

We proudly announce Val Macaro as the Jellis Craig Boroondara Family Award winner. Val is a mother of five children and a full-time aged care worker (superwoman to say the least). Val’s strength, determination and resilience is admirable, not only in the eyes of her family but to the Boroondara Community.

James and Cat Laskie, the dynamic brother and sister duo of Barton Milk Bar Hawthorn are the Jellis Craig Boroondara Business Award Winners. The whole team were able to bring together an entire community that left residents of Boroondara feeling “a sense of security and joy” during and post Melbourne’s lockdowns.

William Chandler OAM, winner of the Jellis Craig Boroondara Neighbourhood/Village Award has been an instrumental part of the Surrey Hills history and much of what local neighbours, individuals and groups enjoy about Surrey Hills is directly attributed to the early visionaries of the area, William being a key component.

After 30 years in Boroondara, Jellis Craig wanted to recognise those that have contributed to making the community a better place to live. Special thanks to those individuals that took the time to send in their nominations. Congratulations to our winners and nominees for all that they do and continue to do that makes our community so special. They truly are the heart of Boroondara.

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Rev. Natalie Dixon-Monu – Boroondara People’s Award

Rev. Natalie Dixon-Monu is a pioneer for her strength and resilience in our wider community, endless devotion and unfathered passion to all thing’s social justice, specifically to the community of Boroondara. She is the most deserving of the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community People’s award.

“It is not enough to be compassionate; you must act”

Boroondara Community Outreach is a not-for-profit organisation and Rev. Natalie enjoys supporting people and being part of the BCO community. She has worked in adult and juvenile prisons, as a family support worker, youth worker and has spent a substantial amount of time at BCO, which also involves outreach in rooming houses and is commonly known within her community ‘to have made a difference in our everyday lives.”

Rev. Natalie’s mission to blend community together and to help aid a divide amongst the neighbourhood has been her biggest objective in her everyday work. She prides herself on treating all individuals and members of BCO with dignity and respect and will always put the needs of others above her own, a true testament to her glowing character.

Natalie once again showed her open heart and kindred spirit by donating her prize money to a charity to assist those who had been affected by the Tonga tsunamis, a heartful act that highlights the need of others before the needs of herself. The Boroondara community is lucky to have Rev. Natalie.

If you would like to know how you can help Boroondara Community Outreach, please visit https://www.bcokew.org/

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Daniel Evans (Camberwell South Primary School), Local Educator Award

Daniel Evans exemplifies the motto in life, if you can do a job you love, you’ll always love the job you do. As a result, he has been awarded the Jellis Craig Boroondara community Local Educator Award.

At Camberwell South Primary School, David Evans is more than just a sports teacher, to the surrounding community, he is family.

Daniel Evans is Camberwell South’s beloved sports teacher, but to the Camberwell Community he is more than the student’s teacher, he is a friend, confidant and has been a pillar of strength to many. He has been a mentor and an extraordinary example of resilience and perseverance during a time of uncertainty to his fellow colleagues and particularly his students.

Dan is passionate about the positive effects of physical exercise on wellbeing. He has lead the formation of the 2022 Active Schools program that involves staff and students taking physical activity both in and out of school settings.

He also spends time teaching kindergarten students the importance of using motor skills, volunteers his time with other staff to engage within the community, and even auctioned his lawn mowing skills to raise funds for the children's playgrounds.

Daniel Evans is a great example of the friendly, neighbourhood spirit that Boroondara upholds, it is why he is amongst the six winners of the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Awards.

Our students of Camberwell South Primary and the wider neighbourhood of Boroondara have a wonderful, teacher, mentor and friend in Daniel and we are lucky to have him as an active member of our community.

Check out Camberwell South Primary here https://www.cambsth.vic.edu.au

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Camberwell Hockey Club, Health & Wellbeing Award

Congratulations to the Camberwell Hockey Club (CHC) for winning the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Health and Wellbeing Award. CHC strives to provide an empowering environment for the Boroondara community to compete and play their beloved sport of hockey, it is an exceptional space for an entire community enjoy.

In 2020 and 2021 their focus was on their community training sessions. Each session was held accrediting 35 members in mental health first aid, an engaging and productive programme to aid struggling individuals regain normality and stability in their everyday lives.

“Community is about doing something together, that makes belonging matter”

The training provides confidence and skills for those who wish to engage with their beloved sport and further improve their skills to play competitively.

CHC emulates what the spirit of Boroondara is, assisting those within our neighbourhood who need extra support, creating opportunities and facilities to assist them in the right direction and embracing all individuals of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances.

CHC has continually prioritised their community as being a primary focus, by showing ongoing support to families during the global pandemic and by sending messages and flowers to the surrounding community. They also created a spectacular ‘pet wall’ for the locals walking by. This was a great initiative and was especially loved by the local children.

If you are interested in more information about the club, visit https://www.camberwell.hockey/

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Val Macaro, Family Award

Val Macaro, mother of five and a full-time aged care worker (superwoman to say the least) has endured a difficult two years like many Melbournians. Val’s strength, determination and resilience is admirable, not only in the eyes of her family but to the Boroondara community. We are honoured to have Val Macaro be this year’s Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Family Award winner.

“This is so exciting for me and the family, I am so proud of all my children”

We admire Val’s vivacious and warm spirit nature despite having to juggle her career and full-time family. Her ability to put aside her personal emotions and defeats during a challenging two-year period, did not allow them to define Val and the Macaro family. Val’s optimistic approach allowed her children to see the true meaning of perseverance strength, and courage. Her dedication and passion of her demanding job and an over worked industry did not waiver, nor did the care and support she provided to her patients.

In the eyes of her children, she is their hero.

“She was trying her best to motivate her children, let alone herself.”

She simply puts the needs of her family, her children and her patients above herself.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. One happy mum”

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James & Cat from Barton Milk Bar, Local Business Award

Meet the Laskie’s from the Barton Street Milkbar, Jellis Craig Boroondara Local Business Award Winners. A brother and sister duo that welcome all to this family community hub.

James and Cat were able to bring together an entire community that left residents of Boroondara feeling “a sense of security and joy” during and post Melbourne’s lockdowns.

The Laskie team have brought this original local corner store back to life and created something special for the neighbourhood and wider community. Hawthorn has a European styled cafe with baked goods and a menu that changes seasonally, every foodie’s dream!

Barton Milk Bar simply embodies the spirit of Boroondara with its quirky décor, freshly brewed coffee, and open street atmosphere, the leafy streets of Hawthorn or an alleyway in the heart of Paris? No one can tell the difference.

A deserving team to have won the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Local Business Award, which is highlighted by the immense affection and admiration by the surrounding locals.

If you couldn’t love these two anymore, they have decided to donate their prize money to Swinburne University Amateur Football Club.

James and Cat’s generosity is simply empowering, they have truly embraced the warm nature of Boroondara and community in every sense of the word.

Drool over their food by visiting their instagram page @barton_milkbar

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William Chandler OAM, Local Village Award

William Chandler OAM, a qualified Architect and Town Planner who is best known as “the centrepiece of Surrey Hills’ has won the hearts of the Boroondara community.

William has been rewarded and recognised by receiving the Jellis Craig Boroondara Community Village Award.

William has been an instrumental part of Surrey Hills history and much of what local neighbours, individuals and groups enjoy about Surrey Hills is directly attributed to the early visionaries of the area, William, being a key component.

“I see my life as a citizen first and urban planner second. I’ve always seen my community work as somewhat equal to my professional career.”

William’s dedication, devotion and most of all vision has inspired him to have a career in urban planning but it is his contribution to the Surrey Hills community that he sees as a great part of his life's work.

When locals of Boroondara think Surrey Hills, many associate the neighbourhood with William Chandler.

His visionary, passion and devotion came to life when he first started his work in 1970. “Surrey Hills is a passion and back in the 1970s we fought hard to stop an overpass over the train line that would have killed Surrey Hills.”

William has always expressed interest in community advocacy, he always strongly believed that the residents of Surrey Hills needed a focus- a relaxed and friendly “drop-in centre” filled with shops and cafes that warmed their beloved community and brought residents together. Today, we have William to thank for that.