State Emergency Service Awards 2021 winners
SESVA President Greg Cook congratulates the winners of the SES Awards 2021.These awards recognise the outstanding efforts of volunteers who have excelled in their service and demonstrated a high level of commitment to the SES. We also acknowledge the finalists in each of the categories for their dedication and commitment to the SES.
The SESVA Congratulates the 2021 winners:
Peter Keillor Award (SES Volunteer of the year)
Connie Eikelboom ESM, Armadale State Emergency Service
As a local manager and peer supporter, Connie Eikelboom ESM shows up for people when they need her most. She spent four weeks in Kalbarri and Northampton to support crews through the devastation of Cyclone Seroja. At home in Armadale, Connie makes herself available for a cup of tea and a chat to support her community when people need someone to listen.
State Emergency Service Team Achievement Award
Communications Support Unit
Keeping crews safe is what motivates the busiest SES Unit in Western Australia. In the past 12 months, the team has clocked more than 3300 hours on active operations. The group built the Hilltop Kit, the key piece of equipment that provided DFES incident management teams with essential communications at the Red Gully and Wooroloo Bushfires.
State Emergency Service Youth Achievement Award
James Cotter, Carnarvon State Emergency Service
At only 24-years of age, James Cotter is one of the most active members of Carnarvon SES. He was motivated to volunteer with all three emergency services units in Carnarvon to help the best he can. He leads training and operations and promotes the benefits of the SES, which has strengthened the team culture and morale and retained and attracted new members.