EMPHN congratulates Community Advisory Committee member Hamish Russell on being awarded Victorian Senior of the Year 2018.
Hamish Russell received the award last night due to the breadth, reach, and lasting impact of his volunteer work. Since retiring 24 years ago, Mr Russell has dedicated himself to volunteering in his local community in the Shires of Yarra ranges and Cardinia.
A brief snapshot of Hamish Russell's volunteering includes:
- Initiating a Tertiary Health Scholarship as Chair of the Board of Management at the Lilydale Community Hospital which has supported 70 students through their medical careers.
- Leading the development of the Yarra Ranges Public Health and Wellbeing Plan as Chair of the Yarra Ranges Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee which enabled the Council to sharpen their focus to wellbeing with a more targeted program of services.
- Overseeing the amalgamation of nine magnificent gardens in the Dandenong Ranges as Chairman of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens Trust. This amalgamation brought the management and preservation of gardens under one umbrella with Parks Victoria, making them more sustainable in the long term.
Hamish is also an active member of the EMPHN Community Advisory Committee, providing advice to our Board on important health issues for the community.
7 News Melbourne covered the news of the award ceremony, click here for a link to the footage.