WAL BRADLEY AWARD



                 
                     ROTARY CLUB OF ENCOUNTER BAY - WALLY BRADLEY AWARD

Who is Wally Bradley?

Wally Bradley commenced work for the PMG (now Telstra) in 1947. He was promoted on a number of occasions & in 1963 came to Victor Harbor as the “Officer in Charge”. Whilst living in Victor Harbor he managed the Field Workforce, for Telecom, for the southern regions of SA.

As the Manager of Telecom in Victor Harbor, with a large workforce & highly regarded by his superiors, he was invited to join the new Rotary Club being formed. The conveners’ of the new Club soon realised Wally’s potential as a leader & invited him to be the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay in 1979.

In the first few years, Wally’s sound leadership & a stickler for the Rules of Rotary built a very stable Club that still exists today. He retired from Telstra in 1992, ceased as an Active Member of Rotary in 2010 & was made an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay. Regrettably, Wal Bradley passed away on the 10th Sept. 2013, and his wife Yvonne in October 2014.

What is the Purpose of the Award?

The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay - Wally Bradley Award has been established to support young people in Victor Harbor aged 16-19 years who show initiative and commitment in their field of education or training but who may be experiencing difficulty in continuing their studies, or accessing other education or training, due to hardship or disadvantage.

The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay - Wally Bradley Award is based on access and equity. It is not intended to be a merit award that just recognises academic achievement. It is expected that awards will be offered in 2012 for an amount of $400.


Who Can Apply?

Young people:

  • aged 16-19 years who are attending or enrolled to attend a recognized course of study or training in 2013, and
  • who are experiencing difficulty in continuing their study or training, or accessing other education or training, due to hardship or disadvantage, but have shown initiative, strength and commitment in pursuing their educational and training goals, and
  • live in or attend education or training in Victor Harbor, or who have other strong associations with Victor Harbor

(Incidentally Rotarians – the fund is set up so any person who wishes to contribute to the fund can do so. The money is kept and the interest earned goes towards an annual award).


Inaugural Wally Bradley Award Presented


Andrea Miles was awarded the Inaugural Wally Bradley Award at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay. The Award, named for the Charter President of the Club, has been established in cooperation with the Fleurieu Community Foundation, to support young people in Victor Harbor who show initiative and commitment in their field of education or training but who may be experiencing difficulty in continuing their studies or accessing other education or training due to hardship or disadvantage.

Andrea,17, who is completing her year 12 this year at Victor Harbor High School, plans to study at TAFE and aims to complete a diploma in Beauty Therapy and Skin Care. She said the award would be an enormous help for her to achieve her goal.

Although Wally Bradley was not able to be present at the award ceremony he sent a personal message to Andrea in which he wished her all the best for her future and trusted that the award would encourage and assist her in her studies.

Ken Carter, the President of the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay, said that he was very proud to present the inaugural award to such a deserving participant and he hoped that Andrea would keep in touch with the club to share news of her studies and career. This she has done.

Wally Bradley Award 2014:

Josh Broadbent is this year's recipient of the Wally Bradley Award. This is an annual award honouring our founding President, Wally Bradley, and made in conjunction with the Fleurieu Community Foundation. Josh received his award at our dinner meeting on December 14th, 2014.

 

Josh Broadbent.

Josh is 18 years of age – born in Victor Harbor – and has attended both the the local primary and high Schools. For 2015 he has enrolled in TAFE Certificate 4 in Hospitality at Regency Park and aims to make a career in catering and hospitality and become a ‘prestigious Chef’.

In the past 5 years he has faced challenging domestic issues, but has shown assertiveness, tenacity and resilience to complete his year 12 studies. He faces further challenges in 2015 living in Adelaide and travelling to and from Regency Park.

One of his referees, Sharron Kaye, a teacher at VHHS, says, “Josh has a passion for cooking and a flair for presenting dishes to the highest standard”. She believes he has the potential to be a great chef and has no doubts that he has the qualities that will allow him to achieve his goals.