John Canty recognised for international program

HIGH HONOURS… From left, Shepparton Access service user and Duke of Edinburgh Award participant, Danika Andronaco, GV Health volunteer coordinator, Karen Saccuzzo, Shepparton Access service user and Duke of Edinburgh Award participant, Lucy Sullivan, Shepparton Access Duke of Edinburgh Award coordinator/award leader, John Canty, Shepparton Access service users and Duke of Edinburgh Award participants, Ivan Etsebeth, Chevaun Edwards and Nathan Moss. Photo: David Lee.

In this age of attention seeking, there are some in the community who don’t work for the recognition but do the work that is worthy of recognition.

Such is the work performed by Shepparton Access and it is for that work, award leader John Canty was  recognised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Victoria and presented with a certificate recognising his passion for the award and the profound outcomes it’s had for his participants and the wider community.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education framework and the world’s leading youth achievement award, which challenges young people to discover their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and territories, globally more than 1,300,000 participants commence the award each year.

In Victoria a recognition ceremony for Victorian volunteers, including schools, teachers and community organisations was held at Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday the 13th of November. In attendance and hosting the event was The Lord Mayor Sally Capp, who presented certificates of recognition to recipients for their outstanding service and contribution to the development of Young Australians. Other notable guests included Sue Lloyd-Williams AO, chair of the board and Stephen Mason, executive officer, both of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Victoria.

“The Award would not run without the support of the individuals and organisations like those present at the ceremony here today,” said Sue Lloyd-Williams AO, during her speech at the ceremony.

Certificate recipients were teachers, schools and community organisations from all over the state, including Melbourne, Geelong, Shepparton, Warragul, Cobram and Bendigo.

“Working with a range of youth living with a disability, over the past decade, John has utilised the award in his community to instil important life skills in his participants, and bring them closer to their community,” said Stephen Mason, during his speech at the event.

The recipient of the acknowledgement, John Canty said, “The service aspect of the award enables the participants I work with to engage as volunteers at GV Health which is great for them and the community.”