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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 Slater
The late Michael Slater

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.


  • The award is open to eligible organisations who have received funding from the Foundation in the previous three financial years. 
  • Each February organisations eligible to nominate for this award will receive an invitation to submit a nomination
  • All nominees will be required to meet a set of criteria and complete a full application process. A full set of details is provided to eligible organisations. 

2018 Chairman’s Medal recipient: Damian Charleson, Camp Quality volunteer

Damian is described by his peers as thoughtful and generous and received this Award in recognition for his considerable fundraising and volunteering efforts.

The proprietor of Jayco Newcastle and Hunter Valley Homes, Damian has been a volunteer for Camp Quality for the past eight years and has raised more than $100,000 for children impacted by cancer.

Damian first became involved with Camp Quality after sponsoring his friend in a Camp Quality charity challenge. Since this time he has proven to be an invaluable source of knowledge, contacts, commitment and enthusiasm.

The team at Camp Quality has named Damian as the driving force for a number of fundraising events, particularly the Motocyc event.

Read more about Damian

Chairman’s Medal recipient: Damian Charleston
Chairman’s Medal recipient: Damian Charleson
2018 Chairman’s Medal recipient Damian Charleson
Chairmans Medal presentation 2018
L-R Jeff Eather, Chair NPBS; Neryl Slater, Damian Charleson, Medal Winner; Phil Neat, Chair NPCF.


We started looking at how we could recognise Mike Slater's service to the Newcastle Permanent and the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, where he was Chairman for 10 years.

We thought about it long and hard and we negotiated with Mike and we came to a compromise in the sense of saying it was the Chairman's Medal not the Michael Slater Medal. And then we had the hardest choice out trying to select the best person because every volunteer should be acknowledged.

It's Damian Charleson who does work for Camp Quality and he's a great nominee and winner of the Chairman's Medal.


Over the time – the 8 years – that Damian has been with us, he's personally raised over $100,000.

Damian is without a doubt one of a kind.

He embodies everything that our organisation is all about.

He's always looking at the bright side of life, the element of fun that comes with it, the culture, the sensitivity around our families.

We couldn't be without him. 


I've been involved with Camp Quality for 8 years now.

My father died from cancer at a very young age and I saw what that did to him and I guess it tore at my heartstrings in relation to, you know, how all the kids go through that. 

So Motocyc has been a three-day event, or a four-day event, over the last couple of years and generally the riding is 40 or 50 riders riding from anywhere from Queensland back to Newcastle.

I was lost for words when you know the girls from Camp Quality called me up and there was a lot of yelling and screaming on the phone but you know, Camp Quality is such a fun and fantastic organisation, and the people within that, but you know I feel very humbled getting this award.

I think as a business person I have a lot of resources and it's really just a matter of getting up and actually doing something about it.

For me it's just about giving something back.