Raymond Terrace Rotary Club presented four Pride in Workmanship awards to members of the community on Monday night

It carried the theme “do it once and do it well” and this year’s Pride of Workmanship awards recognised those who did just that within their workplace.

The Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace presented the awards to four recipients at Muree Golf Club on Monday night.

Among those to receive the awards were Captain Dennis Peters from Fire and Rescue NSW Raymond Terrace, Dianne Ball CEO of the Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation, Tony Tarantini from Jayco Newcastle and the Examiner’s own Ellie-Marie Watts.

Ms Ball, a community leader and Steel Magnolia Award runner-up, was recognised for her passion and dedication to the community through her work as a founding member of the Raymond Terrace Driver Training Program, on numerous boards, health services, her involvement on the Police and Aboriginal Community Consultation meetings along with her involvement in the fight against domestic violence and her work with the Worimi Aborginal Land Council and the Awabakal Land Council.

She has also worked tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians through access to medical services, employment training and youth initiatives.

Rotary’s John Chambers said Ms Ball was a passionate advocate for community.

“She believes that there is one community to which we all belong,” he said.

“She has a vision of what the future can be and works to making it real.”

“She liaises with Worimi Land Council where her work is recognised and respected, she is respected by Port Stephens Council and is asked to participate in working parties and projects for the community.”

Captain Dennis Peters received his award for his engaging style of leadership and his encouragement of the next generation of firefighters, according to Fire and Rescue NSW Zone Commander Lower Hunter Andrew Cozens.

“Dennis has built a culture within the fire station that emphasises engagement with all groups of people, Superintendent Cozens said.

“He has an engaging style of leadership and mentoring, developing and preparing the next generation of firefighters is a strong part of his work.”

Jayco Newcastle, based at Heatherbrae, nominated Tony Tarantini to receive the award based on his ‘positive, can do’ attitude, according to his boss, Jayco Newcastle owner Damian Charleson.

“[Tony] understands that each decision we make in the business has an impact on one of our customers,” Mr Charleson said on Monday night.

“The quality of Tony’s work is second to none, he takes responsibility for his work and will always go above and beyond, putting in extra hours to get the job done.”

Examiner’s own is recognised

The Examiner is well versed at reporting on the Pride of Workmanship Awards but a little less experienced a being on the receiving end of the Rotary presented community award.

Journalist Ellie-Marie Watts was among one of four recipients of the award which encourage pride in personal performance in the workplace on Monday night.

Ms Watts was nominated for her commitment to news coverage in Port Stephens and her leadership in online audience growth.

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