The Jan Pentland Memorial Award is an annual honour, recognising a member of FCRC who worked in service to the wider community. The award is named after one of our esteemed Life Members.
Jan worked tirelessly for many years to promote the cause of financial counselling in Victoria and throughout Australia. Jan was chair of the national peak, AFCCRA [now Financial Counselling Australia (FCA)] for many years. Jan was chair when the national peak was unfunded and her tireless advocacy led to AFFCRA being funded for the first time in 2009. Jan’s informative contributions to the Devil's Advocate were a highlight for many years. Whilst she passed away in 2009, Jan continues to be an inspiration to our sector.
The award is for a full member of the FCRC who has demonstrated excellence in financial counselling service to the wider community* above and beyond their normal duties as a Financial Counsellor.
Examples could include but are not limited to:
Contributing to the welfare of the wider community in some way while working as a Financial Counsellor
Providing financial counselling input to a community development activity
Helping a community recover from a natural disaster
*For the purposes of this award, ‘community’ is defined as either geographic community/local area, broader geographic community/Victoria/Australia/Internationally or community of identity or purpose regardless of location. For example indigenous community, women, youth, people affected by family violence, asylum seekers etc.
Nominators must provide a summary of why their colleague would be a worthy recipient of the award. In addressing the criteria, nominators could outline how the nominee has helped their community over and above their job description as a financial counsellor. Nominators may attach supporting materials.
The nominee does not need to be notified of their nomination. We do however encourage you to disclose your nomination to ensure that the person you intend to nominate accepts the nomination.
Presentation: The award is to be presented at the FCRC Conference Dinner, 10 October 2019.
The recipient does not need to be present at the awards presentation in order to be eligible. A proxy can accept the award on the recipient's behalf. It is up to the nominator to arrange this beforehand.
The FCRC Board, in consultation with David Morawetz, will consider nominations in light of relevant criteria and information supplied in the nomination form and attachments.
Once a decision is made, no further correspondence will entered into as to how it was arrived at.
The closing date for nominations is 25 September 2019
The Financial and Consumer Rights Council thanks Jan's partner, David Morawetz, for his generous support of this award.