The Covid-19 pandemic curtailed our ability to hold face-to-face events, but in May 2022 we joined with The Entrance Rotary Club to recognise people in our community who the extra mile in their daily lives. The Rotary motto for Vocational service is “do it once, do it well” and the recipients indeed reflected this ethos. The Rotary Club of Erina also recognised two community members with Paul Harris Fellow awards – Ben Brown and Andy Nichols.
The recipient of the Vocational Service award was Joel Smeaton, who is team leader of the Health on the Streets program, run by Coast and Country Primary Care. Since March 2020, the Health on The Streets (HoTS) team has been bridging the gap between the homeless and the healthcare system by providing free health assessments to those most in need.
Alison Heathcote was the recipient of the Community Service Award. Alison’s work involves keeping the beaches and parks around Terrigal clear of litter. What started as picking up bits of rubbish while out walking has grown in to a desire to keep her coastal backyard clear of different types of rubbish. Alison is a well-know face around Terrigal and has gained sponsorship for her community work from businesses in the area.