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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.

Michael Slater
The late Michael Slater

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. 

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Chairman’s Medal recipient: Damian Charleston
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.