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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.

2021 Chairman’s Medal recipient: Sue Clark-Pitrolo, Founder of the Kaden Centre

Three time cancer survivor, Sue Clark-Pitrolo, founded a unique purpose-built exercise oncology centre in the Hunter after realising how important exercise and movement was to her own recovery. When established three years ago, the Kaden Centre was seeing 30 oncology patients a week.

Now that figure is around 370 a week, with the Centre having helped keep over 800 clients undergoing cancer treatment active at its Warrabrook centre and through COVID, via home-based programs.

Her vision and determination has helped over 800 cancer patients throughout their treatment journey, and the Centre has grown to become a community where clients generate physical and emotional strength.

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Michael Slater
The late Michael Slater