CAPTURING memories and producing treasured portraits for over 45 years has afforded local photographer, Dale Wright, the opportunity to connect with many members of our community.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr Wright has dedicated time to running community group ‘Talking Straight’ for 24 years with the help of Kevin Sidebottom (his sidekick). An opportunity for men of all ages and walks of life to come together, communicate and work through issues in their lives, the group provides invaluable support for those struggling through difficult times.
“These are men of all backgrounds and ages, facing all kinds of circumstances. These are good men with situations in their lives they need an outlet to talk through,” said Mr Wright.
“This group is a safe space for men, we have powerful conversations, and conversation leads to change and healing.”
In a time where mental health issues are rampant, and the effects of neglecting to address them are being recognised, providing a support network to a group who normally may not seek assistance is saving lives.
“We need to work together, it’s not about mental health for just men or just women, it’s about mental health for all collectively, providing a space and a platform for men who traditionally don’t talk through their problems makes a significant difference in their lives.” said Mr Wright.
Mr Wright has been recognised for his outstanding achievements by receiving a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Awards are given to non-Rotarians in exceptional circumstances to those who make outstanding contributions to their community, people who are committed to the ideals of Rotary service.
Rotary Club of Shepparton South president, Belinda Liggins, said Mr Wright was selected to receive the prestigious accolade after he spoke to rotary members about ‘Talking Straight’ at a club meeting earlier in the year.
Mr Wright is honoured to have received recognition for all the work he does in the Greater Shepparton community, the award will have pride of place in his Wyndham Street studio.