Canberrans are urged to nominate emergency services personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty as the Rotary Clubs of ACT Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) open for 2022.
Now in its fifth year in the ACT, the Awards aim to publicly thank our emergency services personnel for their outstanding community service.
Judges assess three key criteria during deliberations – community service that goes above and beyond the nominee’s usual role, their personal attributes and how they contribute to the community.
At the launch of the awards, Rotary district governor Dr Michael Moore said his organisation was always working with other people to achieve its objectives.
“We are looking to think of ‘service above self’; that’s actually our motto,” Dr Moore said.
“When we think about that, we look around at people who work in the emergency services or police and it’s so clear to us that again and again you are people who put service above self.
“When people put others before themselves, we simply get a better community and that’s actually what Rotary is interested in – a better community, a healthier community and one where people are working for each other.
“That’s when we get the best possible outcome.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman encouraged community members to think of someone who could be deserving of these awards.
“If you think of somebody who has personally helped you or you’re aware of some outstanding nominee for these awards, please don’t hesitate to make that nomination,” he said.
“It’s been a tough couple of years for our police and emergency services.
“They’ve done an extraordinary job for Canberrans right through bushfires, hailstorms and, of course, COVID and they’ve done an amazing job helping Canberrans manage through these areas.”
Emergency Services assistant commissioner Wayne Phillips also spoke at the launch.
“In my short time here, I can already see the dedication in our emergency services, the compassion and the commitment to the community in the ACT,” he said.
“I really appreciate Rotary for allowing us to use [these awards] as a way of highlighting our emergency services and police dedication to the community.
“I encourage anyone who knows or sees the work of someone in the emergency services or policing to nominate them.”
ACT Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said this was the first year ACT Policing had participated in the Awards.
“Rotary are a really great organisation and have been around for many years, so what we ask Canberrans to do is if they think there is a police officer who does that little bit extra and has gone out of their way, then nominate them,” he said.
“If someone in the community thinks a police officer has gone above and beyond what they would normally expect, that’s the sort of thing we’re after for the Awards.”
Chief Police Officer Gaughan said he had committed to Rotary that ACT Policing would continue to be involved with the Rotary awards in years to come.
“We thank Rotary a lot for actually getting us involved in this and that’s why I think it’s really important for the community to nominate ACT Policing as well, because it’s the first year we’ve been involved,” he said.