1 August 2017

Awards honour Scout leaders' service to ACT youth

| Ian Bushnell
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ACT Scout leaders and supporters have been honoured with awards in recognition of their voluntary service to young people.

The Governor-General and Chief Scout, Sir Peter Cosgrove, issued the awards to the adult volunteers who Scouts ACT Chief Commissioner Rick Goode said devoted thousands of hours to the development and wellbeing of young people.

“Their reward is simply the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts are reflected in the positive development and growth of young people as they take their place as responsible citizens in our community,” Mr Goode said.

“Some are active leaders and wear a Scout uniform, while others work in the background, raising funds, supporting youth programs and maintaining equipment. But everyone helps make Scouting the great organisation it is.

“Without these adult volunteers, the many opportunities we offer our youth members wouldn’t be possible. The major events, trips and adventurous activities that make Scouting unique are reliant on the extra effort from our Leaders and Adult Helpers, and I am extremely pleased we can recognise them in this way.”

Scout Leader at Mount Mugga Scout Group, James Derlacki, has been awarded the Silver Koala. An active uniformed leader for more than 20 years, James has developed and run brilliant programs and training approaches regimes that have supported literally hundreds of Scouts to develop self-reliance and confidence to achieve their best.

The Meritorious Service Award went to Craig Lawler, of the Group Support Committee at Lake Tuggeranong Sea Scout Group. Craig is the Group’s Hall Maintenance officer and a regular helper for all activities involved with the running of the Scout Group and Scouting generally.

Jennifer McLeish, Cub Scout Leader at Lanyon Valley Scout Group was awarded the Special Service Award. Members and supporters of Lanyon Valley Scout Group have praised Jennifer for her leadership and her wider contribution to the Group.

The contributions made by adults in Scouting are celebrated every year on World Scout Day, 1 August.

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 16 August at the Tim Murray Theatre, Canberra Grammar School, in Red Hill.

The full list of award recipients:


  • James Derlacki
  • Carolyn Goode


  • Natalie Evans-Sandell
  • Virginia Henderson
  • Benjamin Keily
  • Timothy Kirsopp
  • Bruce Munro
  • Ruth Oettle
  • Mark Stockall


  • Geoffrey Woodward


  • Kathryn Black
  • Michael Broom
  • Ngaio Buck
  • James Clark
  • Fiona Coram
  • Matthew Dadswell
  • Peta Duggan
  • Steven Hubbard
  • Alison Inglis
  • Raymond Irvine
  • Glenn James
  • Karen Jones
  • Darren Kriticos
  • Tania Kriticos
  • Craig Lawler
  • Linda Markwick
  • Earle Miller
  • Craig Muller
  • Jayne Murray
  • Mark Nahon
  • Rebecca Nixon
  • Tracey Noble
  • Brian Palm
  • Nicholas Pieper
  • Donna Priol
  • Christopher Puschak
  • Julia Torney
  • John Webster
  • Jeremy Wilson


  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • James Ansell
  • Darryl Barbour
  • Christopher Barrett
  • Andrew Bodsworth
  • Johanna Bruinsma
  • Christopher Burge
  • David Burns
  • Morris Carpenter
  • Andrew Carstens
  • Peter Coates
  • Jacqueline Coleman
  • Fiona Collingwood
  • Matthew Court
  • Andrea Farrow
  • Michael Forster
  • Emma Georgiou
  • Jodie Glesti
  • Russell Judd
  • Theodor Karner
  • Natalie Lestone
  • Anita Mack
  • Scott Mack
  • Jennifer McLeish
  • Ian Mitchell
  • Rupsa Neogy Kumar
  • Stuart Nowak
  • Sharon Pike
  • Andrew Preston
  • Tamzin Pulsford
  • Heidi Rossendell
  • Lee Shute
  • Mitchell White
  • Ryan Winn


  • Jesse Coppin

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