Posted by Linda Humphries on Sep 21, 2023

2023 Winners

Rotary Districts of Victoria
Emergency Services Community Awards
Congratulations to this year's Winners. District 9820 is proud to be a sponsor. This was an inaugural event in Victoria, and we expect our clubs to be nominating their local heroes for the RESCA awards in 2024. Nominations commence on 1st March and close on 30th April.
Graham will be one of the two State winners invited to the National Awards Ceremony event held at Government  House ACT with His Excellency Mr Hurley Governor General, and his wife as patrons.
Congratulations to Kerrie Schmidt on her inaugural Victorian RESCA committee member role.
Graham John Symons - Country Fire Authority (Omeo)
Graham's lifelong dedication to his local community is exceptional and spans various roles including Omeo Fire Brigade member for over 40 years and Captain for over 10 years, as well as ambulance Victoria Community Officer for 33 years. Graham is on the committees for the Omeo Recreation Reserve, Omeo & District Agricultural & Pastoral Society, Omeo Shire Lions Club, RSL organizer for Remembrance services for 10+ years, CFA Group Officer, and Omeo Fire Brigade Group delegate and the Livingstone Park Development Committee for 10 years Graham's proactive fire preparedness, establishment of community resources, mentoring, and consistent availability demonstrate his indispensability. His support during the 2019-20 fires and respected role in community meetings highlight his deep impact. Graham's unwavering commitment embodies true responsibility and care, making a lasting difference in his community.

Tyson Taylor -Fire Rescue Victoria (Melbourne)
Tyson's impact is felt across multiple spheres of service. As an Operational Firefighter with FRV and an Army Officer with nearly 17 years of service, he is a dedicated community pillar. He played a pivotal role in harmonizing fire services, mentoring in cultural differences and firefighting practices. His commitment extends to educating through filmed packages for new FRV fire stations. Notably, Tyson's devotion is exemplified by his roles as a Volunteer Governor of The Shrine of Remembrance, a Veteran Mentor with RSL Victoria, and a researcher with the Emergency Services Foundation. His exceptional community contributions include delivering Teddy Bears to kids with cancer, raising funds for Camp Quality, and providing aid to the Royal Children's Hospital. He continues to be a role model for children impacted by cancer through Camp Quality and The Children's Cancer Foundation. His pursuit of an MBA (LAW) from UNSW underscores his aspiration to lead in the community. Tyson's multifaceted dedication showcases his commitment to service and compassion for others.