Community Hero Awards shine a light on everyday stars
"(Heroes) are everyday people like you and I but they all share the twin traits of selflessness and courage."
Real community heroes might not wear costumes or star in movies but that doesn’t make them any less deserving of our attention.
This year, St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) is relaunching its annual Bravery Awards as the Community Hero Awards.
SJAWA Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said real heroes come from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes.
“Heroes, in the real world, are people who save lives through decisive and fast action,” he said.
“They are everyday people like you and I but they all share the twin traits of selflessness and courage.”
SJAWA is calling for nominations for the new Community Hero Awards. The awards will be presented in two categories – Community and Service.
The Community category is open to members of the public and the Service category will be open to all SJAWA staff and volunteers.
Mr Ahern said SJAWA recognised that the involvement of members of the community can often assist in the prevention of death or serious injury and the awards will acknowledge these individuals.
“Every day, members of the community and our staff and volunteers go above and beyond to deliver first aid, preventing death and serious injury to those around them,” he said.
“We recognise that these people are the true heroes of our communities and wish to acknowledge their actions through the presentation of Community Hero Awards.
“The winners will be recognised for an act deemed by the judging panel to be selfless, courageous and which provided a significant benefit to the member of the community being aided,” Mr Ahern said.
To be eligible for the awards, the acts must be carried out between December 2011 and September 2012.
A judging panel made up of representatives from media, emergency and health services and the community will assess the nominations and the awards will be announced at an event in November.
Nomination forms and rules of entry are available from www.stjohnambulance.com.au and click on the Community Hero Award button on the home page.
- The St John Ambulance WA Community Hero Awards replace the previous Bravery Awards.
- The new awards see the introduction of an application process and the use of selection criteria to help guide a formally appointed judging panel.
- The awards will be divided into two categories: Community and Service.
- The Community category is open to members of the public and the Service category is for SJAWA paid staff and volunteers.