Banyule Citizen of the Year - Jim Pasinis, Banyule Volunteer of the Year - Wendy Ogden

Dear Members of Banyule Community Health,

Last night, Jim Pasinis was awarded the Banyule Citizen of the Year.  This is great recognition to Jim who has been a strong and unwavering voice for social justice issues in the local community for the past 26 years.  In his acceptance, Jim acknowledged the many volunteers and staff who have worked at Banyule Community Health over his 26 year journey as Chief Executive Officer who make the service a great one and the community stronger as a result.  Jim also acknowledged the incredible efforts of the other award recipients and the passion in which they bring to their roles everyday.

The Banyule City Council Awards booklet wrote this of Jim’s contribution to the community

As CEO of Banyule Community Health for 26 years, Jim has built a small service into a formidable leader within the community health sector. Jim’s leadership has seen the development of services and connections to improve the health of more disadvantaged residents and the wider community. A new $12 million centre opened in 2007 in West Heidelberg, with a wide range of health services. He also helped establish Olympic Adult Education and has been a 25-year volunteer Committee Member of the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service. Jim’s leadership, commitment to social justice and vision of health led to Banyule Community Health being awarded Health Service of the Year and GP Practice of the Year in 2014.

“Jim Pasinis has displayed an incredible commitment to the health and wellbeing of all Banyule residents. Jim’s wisdom and commitment to equity has ensured that those without a voice in our community have had access to free, quality health services.”

The awards also acknowledged outstanding efforts made by volunteers and Banyule Community Health volunteer Wendy Ogden from the Women of West Heidelberg was awarded Banyule Volunteer of the Year.  Local women in the community nominated Wendy, who works tirelessly for the community, to ensure her passion and dedication was recognised.

The Banyule City Council Awards booklet wrote this of Wendy’s contribution to the community

Wendy convenes Women of West Heidelberg, volunteering five hours a day since 2009.  The group organises and fundraises for an International Women’s Day event, runs monthly meetings, outings and distributes a newsletter.  The group has also fundraised for AIDS orphans in Africa and supports the local Reclaim the Night walk.  Wendy has been described as fair, honest, welcoming and always available if you need a hand.  She visits women regularly in hospital and her savoury scones are ‘to die for’. Wendy puts others before herself and responds to need with a great compassion for all.

“She encourages women, many of whom are retired, to get out of the house and be active in the community.  Wendy has made an outstanding contribution to this community.”

Congratulations Jim and Wendy.