Congratulations and thanks for volunteers and 2018 Stan Henwood Award winner

Published: 22 June 2018

Cardinia Shire Council and community celebrated local volunteers and 2018 Stan Henwood Award winner Eric Bumpstead at this year’s annual volunteer reception in May.

An Upper Beaconsfield resident, Eric was recognised for his lifelong contributions to the local community.

Eric has been a member of the Upper Beaconsfield Fire Brigade since 1957, serving as captain for 24 years.

He is an inspiring leader who has spent 61 years of his life protecting the community against the threat of fire, during which time he led the way for women to enter the brigade as active members in the 1980s.

Eric has also been a committee member of the Upper Beaconsfield Association since 2007 and president of a local Men’s Shed since 2011.

We congratulate Eric Bumpstead as a deserving recipient of the Stan Henwood award in 2018!

The award, now in its 14th year, recognises lifetime achievements in community service and volunteering.

On the evening, Council also recognised hundreds of volunteers from 560 organisations for the generous contributions they make in our shire.

Mayor Cr Collin Ross said it was an honour to be able to thank our shire’s volunteers at the reception.

“The work of volunteers too often goes unnoticed or unthanked, but the selfless work of our dedicated volunteer force is of immeasurable value to our community.”