Kenneth and Julia Coleman receive the 2022 Heathcote Senior’s Local Achievement Award, an initiative celebrating the work and achievements of Heathcote seniors.
Ken and Julia Coleman received this award to acknowledge their valuable impact on the community. Ken and Julia are both dedicated volunteers and tireless advocates, particularly as Volunteer Leaders of Dandelion Support Network.
It was a pleasure to meet and congratulate Ken and Julia on their outstanding achievements, their efforts are valued by the community and have not gone unnoticed. I thank them for their generous contribution and service.
As retired teachers Ken and Julia were committed to continuing community work and in 2012, they joined Dandelion Support Network, a not-for profit supporting children and families in need. They volunteer an inordinate number of hours to support the cause, utilising their respective incredible handyman and expert seamstress skills, sorting and collecting donations, supporting new volunteers and assisting with fundraising activities. They are both known to go above and beyond expectations of their roles.
Their community spirit stretches beyond Dandelion, sponsoring two students at St Jude’s, Tanzania, where they’ve visited and volunteered for a fortnight as teachers.
Julia also works at the House of Welcome, Granville, a not-for-profit organisation providing housing and other support services for asylum seekers and refugees in Sydney.
Ken was an active member of Rotary for over a decade, particularly as Sylvania Rotary President.
The program showcases the diverse ways Heathcote seniors support their families, community and society more broadly. The successful recipients were carefully selected from a high calibre of nominees.
I look forward to hosting a morning tea in Parliament House with Ken and Julia to celebrate their wonderful achievement.