Posted by on 27 March, 2018

Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has today presented three deserving volunteers with the Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program awards recognising the contribution they have made towards youth education. 

The three volunteers have worked with the Science and Engineering Challenge, a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle to inspire students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering.

Brian Atkins has worked for the Challenge since it began in 2000 assisting in many different ways. He works tirelessly to find sponsorship funds to host many local event days and plays a major role in coordinating the significant number of local volunteers as well as arranging local official dinners.

Fiona Hilliar has devoted a great deal of time to the program since joining in 2000.  Fiona's role has been working with the training and development of the team and represents the program at official dinners and events. 

Brian Marsden has been an essential part of the Challenge since its inception in 2000. Brian has a technical background which has helped to build and improve new activities and helped maintain and improve all the resources. 


Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp

 “Congratulations to Brian, Fiona and Brian. You are an absolute credit to Newcastle.”

 “More than six million Australians volunteer each year and today we have recognised three outstanding Novocastrians.”

  “Volunteers are the absolute bedrock of the Newcastle community, giving their time and experience to help others.”

“Brian, Fiona and Brian have made an extraordinary contribution to the community and I commend them for their outstanding efforts.”

 “The Science and Engineering Challenge is so lucky to have these amazing volunteers involved in their organisation and are clearly aware of this by rewarding their efforts.”

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