Nominations Open For Community Voted Emergency Services Awards

Last week representatives from NSW SES attended the launch of the 2019 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) along with members from other emergency services from across the State.

The 8th annual awards were launched at a morning tea hosted by His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley at Government House in Sydney. NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Fatima Abbas attended this special event, accompanied by Unit members Sharon Buckley and Mary McNally from NSW SES Ashfield Leichhardt Unit and the 2018 NSW SES RESCA award winner, Naomi Leviton from Manly Unit. Naomi said was thrilled to meet Governor Hurley and his wife Linda at the event and had the opportunity thank Mrs Hurley for writing and performing a very fitting song, praising emergency services workers for their efforts.

The Governor announced that nominations are now open for the 2019 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards, acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of NSW Emergency Services personnel.

While individual services have specific internal awards, the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards ensure all Emergency Services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined community service awards program.

NSW SES members can be nominated by colleagues or members of the community.

Finalists will be announced on 19th June 2019 at NSW SES Parliament House.

Rotary is calling on YOU to nominate an unsung hero from your Unit, Zone or team who provides exceptional service to the community either in a paid or volunteer role within NSW SES.

To nominate an amazing and selfless member who gives so much to the NSW SES & the community visit

RESCA is a community nominated Awards, therefore it is based on the reputation of the personnel from their local communities viewpoint.

A panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts will assess nominees on three key criteria:

  • Community service above and beyond the call of normal duty, which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self
  • Personal attributes, and
  • Contribution to their organisation

Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday 1st May 2019.

2018 NSW SES RESCA recipient, Naomi Leviton of Manly Unit meets the Hon Governor General Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley.

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