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The Community Protection Medal winners are…

By johnboy - 10 March 2009 23

Simon Corbell has announced five winners of the ACT Community Protection Medal.

    The medal was established in 2002, and rewards members for sustained distinguished or outstanding service to the community in ACT Policing, ACT Fire Brigade, ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT Ambulance Service or the ACT State Emergency Service.

    Each year five of the medals are awarded, and this year the following people have been decorated:

    — Sergeant Andrew Palmer Warry (ACT Policing);
    — Mr Ashley Manton (ACT Ambulance Service);
    — Superintendent Peter Wayne Cartwright (ACT Fire Brigade);
    — Mr David Wassall (ACT RFS); and
    — Mr Paul David Cortese (ACT SES).

Congratulations to all.

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The Community Protection Medal winners are…
poptop 11:00 pm 10 Mar 09

Thanks for raising the ‘cry wolf’ issue in the International Women’s Day Awards Thread, bigfeet.

51% of the population, 17% of these awards is quite a credibility stretch. Your valid point about the apparently Eurocentric nature of award recipients doesn’t make it any better in my view.

The opposite, in fact.

sepi 10:59 pm 10 Mar 09

Um – so what are the real issues that need to be discussed and addressed?

And should we just put up with the fact that the world is full of discrimination?

And how can we fix it without mentioning it?

bigfeet 10:52 pm 10 Mar 09

Hey wow…Therese Barnicoat in 2005. I didn’t know that!! She gave me a lot of help years ago when I was I needed some assistance from the police.

bigfeet 10:48 pm 10 Mar 09

Oh my God. I missed it. There isn’t a single winner with an ethnic background from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan or Turkmenistan either. Not only are these awards misogynistic, they are also severely discriminatory against anyone from Central Asia as well.

Look…my point is…there is sexism, racism, and every other form of discrimination in the world out there. But let’s not go crying wolf. All that does is detract from the real issues that need to be discussed and addressed.

poptop 10:42 pm 10 Mar 09

I can’t find the first 2 years, but it seems that the preponderance of the stats point to implication 1. 5 women out of 30 in the years 2004-2009.

Recipients of the 2008 ACT Community Protection Medals are:

Superintendent Alf Turketo, ACT Policing;
Mr Grant Hogan, ACT Ambulance Service;
Senior Firefighter Jeffrey Dau, ACT Fire Brigade;
Ms Virginia Dixon, ACT Rural Fire Service; and
Mr Warren Backhouse, ACT State Emergency Service.

The 2007 recipients are
Senior Constable John McDonald (ACT Policing);
Ms Rebecca Lundy (ACT Ambulance Service);
Ms Kristin Cantle (ACT State Emergency Service);
Cliff Stevens (ACT Rural Fire Service) and
Russell Cameron (ACT Fire Brigade).

“The 2006 recipients are:

Detective Sergeant Daryl Neit (ACT Policing)
Intensive Care Paramedic Michelle Blewitt (ACT Ambulance Service)
Station Officer Peter Rayner (ACT Fire Brigade)
Deputy Captain Patrick Barling (ACT Rural Fire Service)
Commander Phil Walker (ACT State Emergency Service).”

2005 = Mr Hargreaves awarded the medals to:

Trevor Stohr of the ACT Ambulance Service
John Hill of the State Emergency Service
David Tunbridge of the ACT Rural Fire Service
Therese Barnicoat of ACT Policing
Joseph Murphy of the ACT Fire Brigade

The 2004 recipients of the Community Protection Medal are:

Officer Matthew Dutkiewicz, a Bushfire Service volunteer
Deputy Commander Stephen Loiterton, an Emergency Service volunteer
Officer David Sutton, an Ambulance Service Intensive Care Paramedic
Sergeant Ross Woodyatt, an ACT Policing Welfare Officer,
Senior Fire fighter John Stafford.

bigfeet 10:28 pm 10 Mar 09

Well from the comment you made there are three possible implications :
1.That the awards are biased towards males, and that the most derserving nominee did not get an award because they are female.
Or
2.That the most deserving nominees got the awards, but that a less deserving nominee should have got an award to make it more gender balanced
Or
3.You are sh!t stirring for the hell of it.

And in at least two of the nominated industries- ACT Police and Ambulance..there are very female orientated in management. Don’t know about the others.

poptop 10:18 pm 10 Mar 09

Given the brouhaha over the Women’s Day awards I think my reasons are absolutely transparent.

On what basis do you believe that the winners are the most worthy winners? The sentence in the Media Release that says it is merit based and based on recommendation by a committee of industry professionals.

Want to hazard a guess on the number of women on the committee of industry professionals?

Anybody?

bigfeet 10:09 pm 10 Mar 09

poptop said :

Without wanting to detract from the winners [I am sure they have done fabulous although unspecified things], anyone notice the complete absence of a second gender on the winner’s podium?

Anyone?

Until you pointed it out I hadn’t noticed. But so what? If these are the most worthy winners, then they are the most worthy winners. Whether they are male, female or transgender should make no difference.

So, are you alleging some sort of gender conspiracy, or are you just sh!t stirring for the hell of it?

poptop 10:02 pm 10 Mar 09

Without wanting to detract from the winners [I am sure they have done fabulous although unspecified things], anyone notice the complete absence of a second gender on the winner’s podium?

Anyone?

Thumper 9:10 pm 10 Mar 09

I ran into Paul down in Victoria during the fires a couple of weeks ago. I’ve also worked with out in the field with SES numerous times. He deserves the gong.

Spideydog 8:16 pm 10 Mar 09

Yes I agree, a small paragraph for each stating why they received their awards would give them more meaning in the eyes of the general public.

Congrats to them all.

bigfeet 7:40 pm 10 Mar 09

Granny said :

The announcement doesn’t say very much about the winners. I would have been interested to hear a bit more about them, so they seemed like more than just a name.

Yeah…good on them all… I’m sure they deserve the accolades.

It would be nice though to know a bit of their bio’s. Of if there is a citation attached to the award, the wording of that.

Maybe that will come out a bit later when they have some sort of award ceremony.

Oh yeah… before I forget…thank you.

Granny 4:28 pm 10 Mar 09

Oh, and thank you!

Granny 4:28 pm 10 Mar 09

The announcement doesn’t say very much about the winners. I would have been interested to hear a bit more about them, so they seemed like more than just a name.

Very well done anyway, those men!

vg 4:17 pm 10 Mar 09

Andy Warry. A true gentleman and highly deserving

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