Congratulations to the Cerdon College Principal, Mrs Baker who was the recipient of the prestigious Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, awarded at the Rotary Hospitality Dinner held at the College on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Mrs Baker was indeed a very worthy recipient as this Recognition is both an award for exemplary work in community service and helping those in need, or a method of recognising a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation, in the spirit of “Service above Self.”
These awards have been presented to many outstanding leaders in the community, as well as to “ordinary people doing extraordinary things“.
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Patricia Baker, you were selected to receive recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow because the Rotary Club of Holroyd believes that your life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. We thank you for demonstrating in your life and vocation a commitment to helping persons in need, here and around the world
Trish Baker has dedicated 40 years of service to Education first as a teacher, then a Studies Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal – she started her teaching career in the Northern Territory and has since taught at a number of schools across Sydney.
Trish is very generous towards both staff and students encouraging them to maximise any learning and professional development opportunities that arise, works tirelessly to ensure that a number of learning opportunities are available to a diverse range of students and that the needs of all students at the college are catered for demonstrating compassion to students, staff and families.
From day one at Cerdon –she has been very involved in the life of the College including involvement in many extra curricula activities. As one example, she is very dedicated to the Debating and Public Speaking competitions, attending every Friday night, where she is regularly an adjudicator.
She has built bridges with the local parishes, local businesses, local members of parliament and the wider community, including local Rotary clubs.
As evidenced here tonight – the relationship between Cerdon College and local Rotary Clubs is indeed a strong one – Cerdon students regularly attending Rotary Leadership, Science, and MUNA programmes, staff have been recognised for Pride of Workmanship Awards and have attended Group Study Exchanges, and Rotarians often provide other support e.g. mentoring for ABW
Trish has also been a valued supporter of Rotary through her facilitation of the VET Hospitality student’s dinner.
In addition to being an educational experience the dinner has also been a highlight of the Rotary calendar and provides an opportunity for the students to showcase their skills for their parents and allow them to see the student’s talents at first hand.
The fundraising and raffles associated with these dinners have provided valued support to various Rotary programs including the refurbishment of the Rotary wing at the Children’s Hospital, support of primary education in Cambodia, particularly in relation to student’s health and fitness program, the Eggtober foundation (women’s gynaecological cancers), The end Polio Now campaign and this year Rotary’s Youth Programs.
Trish, on behalf of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to present to you the emblems of a Paul Harris Fellow: the Certificate and Lapel Pin. The certificate states that you have been named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.
Please accept our congratulations and sincere appreciation for your commitment to our common goals of world peace and understanding.
Ladies & Gentlemen, please congratulate and recognise our newest Paul Harris Fellow – Trish Baker.