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The Chairman's Medal recognises the achievements and contribution of an outstanding individual volunteer.

In December 2017 Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair, Phil Neat, announced the creation of the Chairman’s Medal to recognise the achievements and contribution of an outstanding individual volunteer.

The Medal is presented annually to a volunteer from a charity that has previously received funding from the Foundation and recognises the individual volunteer’s service in addressing disadvantage or marginalisation within their local community.

The recipient of the Chairman’s Medal will be presented with a Medal and the Foundation provides a $5,000 cash grant to the volunteer’s charitable organisation to be used for volunteer development. 

Remembering our past Chairman

The concept of the Chairman’s Medal was originally developed in consultation with the late Michael Slater, who was the Foundation’s  Chairman from 2007 to 2017.

Michael was the Chairman of the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, and for many decades, he voluntarily gave his time to numerous other community groups and organisations.

In recognition of Michael’s contribution and in his honour, in late 2017 the Foundation Board created the Chairman’s Medal to recognise the impact a volunteer can make on our community.

2022 Chairman’s Medal recipient: Helen Walker-McCready

Helen Walker-McCready has been volunteering with SHINE for Kids for the last 10 years, supporting children and young people with a parent in Cessnock Correctional Centre.

SHINE for Kids is the only national charity supporting children with incarcerated parents from infancy to adulthood, working to strengthen their connection to community and family through education and mentoring.

Through her support, kindness and empathy, Helen has helped families navigate an extremely difficult time and overcome the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.

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Michael Slater
The late Michael Slater