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2020 Stan Henwood Award winner announced!

Published: 18 May 2020

Cardinia Shire Council has commenced National Volunteer Week by announcing this year’s Stan Henwood Award winner as Pakenham resident Ken Rook.

The Stan Henwood Award recognises lifetime achievements in community service and volunteering. It commemorates the lifetime contribution that Stan Henwood made to his local community of Tynong, as well as the broader Cardinia Shire.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) pandemic, Council was unable to hold its annual Stan Henwood Award presentation and volunteer reception, instead announcing Ken as this year’s winner online on Council’s website at

Ken Rook has held a range of positions across various community organisations and groups, including the Rotary Club of Pakenham, which he has been part of for more than 35 years. During his time with the club, Ken has taken on many positions including President, Secretary, Golf Day Chairman, Club Youth Protection Officer and Primary School Public Speaking Chair.

Ken has also played vital roles in establishing the Cardinia Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition, as well as the Rotary Club of Pakenham Annual Charity Golf Day which raises funds for community service projects.

Ken has also made a huge contribution to his community in various roles with Toomuc Fire Brigade, including communications officer, secretary and second lieutenant. He has been with the brigade for over 20 years.

Ken has spent two decades with the Pakenham Scouts, taking on roles such as cub leader, badge secretary, Toomuc District Commissioner and Eastern Region Commissioner. He also spent several years as secretary of both the Australian and Victorian branches of the Suffolk Sheep Breeders Association, and has been president of the Presbyterian Tennis Club.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield congratulated Ken and thanked the shire’s many volunteers.

“Council warmly thanks and congratulates Ken on his dedication to our community, and the significant, positive contribution he has made. Ken is an exceptionally deserving recipient of the Stan Henwood Award for 2020,” Cr Springfield said.

“I would also like to extend my congratulations and thanks to all award nominees and every single volunteer within our shire.

“Unfortunately, we’re unable to recognise Ken and our local volunteering heroes in person this year, however, the amazing and selfless work of our dedicated volunteers is an incredible community resource and it does not go unnoticed – especially in times such as these. Congratulations Ken!”

About Stan Henwood

Stan was heavily involved with the Tynong Hall Committee, Tynong Recreation Reserve Committee and the Make A Wish Foundation. He was also a life member of the Tynong Tennis Club, the West Gippsland Tennis Association, Tynong Fire Brigade and Tynong Progress Association. In 1981 and 1990 he was recognised as the Cardinia Citizen of the Year, as well as receiving a Citation for all Community Achievements. Beyond Cardinia Shire’s borders, he received a Medal from the Prime Minister for service to sport and an Order of Australia for Service to the Community. It is this commitment to volunteering across a diverse range of organisations and indeed during most of his life that made Stan a standout member of our community.