Calling community stalwarts

Luke Donnellan and, far right, Juan Carlos Loyola present the Carlos Loyola Award for Longstanding Service to last year’s winner, Russell Owen.

 Nominations are open for an award celebrating longstanding community service in the South-East.
The Juan Carlos Loyola Award is in its seventh year.
Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan will present it to a South-East resident who has shown a long-term dedication to the local community through their volunteer work.
The award is named after Juan Carlos Loyola, a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) recipient who has worked tirelessly for more than 25 years with the Doveton Special Soccer School.
Through sports, people with an intellectual disability can benefit physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The school strengthens families through participation and unites communities in understanding people with an intellectual disability.
“All this happens in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance,” Mr Loyola said.
Mr Donnellan said all longstanding volunteers in a variety of community groups were encouraged to nominate.
“There are many people across Melbourne’s South-East who give so much back to their communities, clubs and associations and that should be celebrated,” he said.
“This award was created to help celebrate and thank the community spirit and hard work of long-term volunteers.”
A panel of local residents and active community members, including Mr Loyola, will decide the winner and they’ll be revealed in April.
Nominations will close on Wednesday 28 March.
Nomination forms are available from Mr Donnellan’s office or by calling 9706 0566.

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