Breakfast event recognises the work of Community Trainers

23 April 2021
A Trainers’ Recognition Breakfast was recently held in honour of the achievements of Royal Life Saving WA’s network of Community Trainers.

Community Trainers catching up over breakfastThe event was held at The Boatshed Restaurant on April 15, with trainers enjoying catching up with their peers and the Royal Life Saving WA Community Education team over a meal.

Community Education Coordinator Francesca Amoroso said, “34 Royal Life Saving WA trainers gathered together for the Trainers Recognition Breakfast in the lovely location of South Perth. Business Development Officer Leanne Coverley-Brandis introduced the new Swim Teacher by Royal Life Saving course and also touched base on the new first aid units.”

“As advocates of Royal Life Saving, it is important that our trainers are aware of our new programs, courses and future plans,” says Francesca. “These events are a great opportunity to meet them in person and share the organisation’s activities,”

The Community Education team also had the opportunity to present honours awards to seven of the trainers. “One of the main reasons we like to organise these events is to recognise some of the outstanding work trainers do across WA,” said Francesca.

Barbara Loh and Gayle Cruden were presented with a Western Australian Service Order for their work in delivering Bronze Medallion and Resuscitation courses. Gayle also recently travelled to Kalgoorlie and Kambalda to deliver a series of water safety talks, swimming lessons and bronze courses on behalf of Royal Life Saving WA.

Linden Holmes and Sue Knight were both presented with the Western Australian Long Service Order for 10 years or more of service in the community. Linden volunteers his time to work with youth groups in outdoor activities. Sue has shown incredible strength and courage in recent months, recovering after being involved in a serious accident at the end of last year.

Moira Cohen and Barbara Worth both received the Western Australia Meritorious Service Order for over 15 years of representing Royal Life Saving WA. Both women are passionate about teaching lifesaving skills, often volunteering their time to do so.

Jacqui Lamb, Jonnine Rowe, Fran Amoroso, Wendy Quint and Emma WilsonLast, but not least, Wendy Quint was presented with the Australian Long Service Order award. Only a few members are nominated each year for a national-level award. Wendy was recognised for her outstanding commitment over the last 10 years in teaching First Aid and Aquatic programs and sharing her knowledge and expertise across the organisation.

Across the state, Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainers provide a valuable service to their communities in teaching vital first aid and aquatic rescue skills. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Community Trainer, please visit the link below.
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