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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 $3,000 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.

2020 Chairman’s Medal recipient: Garth Howard, Cancer Council NSW Volunteer

Having lost both his parents to cancer, Garth Howard has spent the past eight years volunteering with Cancer Council NSW, helping to support people undergoing cancer treatment across the state’s Northern Region.

Along with assisting with fundraising events and organising community speakers, Garth’s main role is a driver for the Transport to Treatment program where he can sometimes travel up to 400km a day transporting three or four patients to and from their appointments.

Described by Cancer Council NSW Community Lead, Caitlyn Feldmann, as a jack-of-all-trades, Garth is able to make a big difference to the lives of people undergoing treatment with his considerate and considered approach.

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Michael Slater
The late Michael Slater