CHAMPION CHAPLAIN: Alan Sage received the SES Member of the Year award at the 2017 SES Week Awards.
CHAMPION CHAPLAIN: Alan Sage received the SES Member of the Year award at the 2017 SES Week Awards. contributed

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SES personnel from the South Burnett were recognised for their efforts as part of North Coast Region SES Week celebrations.

The Wondai SES Group took home the 2017 Regional Group of the Year Award for breathing life back into the group that dwindled to no members only one year ago.

The Wondai SES Group now has 14 members ready to support their local community when called upon.

SES North Coast regional manager Merrick Ilett said the SES Week awards recognise the outstanding contribution of staff and volunteers.

"It is through the passion and commitment of these outstanding individuals that the Wondai SES Group exists today stronger than ever,” Mr Ilett said.

"The fact these members have been able to restore Wondai SES Group is a credit to their enthusiasm and motivation to serve their community.”

South Burnett North Local Controller and chaplain Alan Sage received the SES Member of the Year award.

"Known affectionately as the 'Cheerful Chaplain', Alan's energy, enthusiasm and caring attitude is an inspiration to all those who work with him,” Mr Ilett said.

"Along with his efforts with the Wondai SES Group, Alan has been a crucial support for many of our SES members at the scene of incidents in his role as a chaplain.

"The respect Alan's colleagues have for him is testament to his leadership skills and hard work, and this award is most deserved,”Mr Ilett said.

Mr Sage received his award alongside the North Burnett SES Group, which was recognised for Regional Operational Response of the Year.

To join the SES phone 32478707.

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