We're honoured to officially rename the Manningham Civic Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of the late Doreen Stoves AM PSM JP.
From 2022, the award will be named the Doreen Stoves Volunteer of the Year Award.
The award recognises the outstanding voluntary contribution made by an individual to the Manningham community. It highlights the sustained contribution of the quiet achievers who often work behind the scenes to build a stronger and more caring society.
"We'd like to acknowledge Doreen's significant contributions to our community. Her name brings great meaning and honour to this award. We hope to continue her legacy now and into the future with this tribute," said Cr Mayor Michelle Kleinert.
Doreen had a long association with Manningham Council. As the Chief Executive Officer of Doncare for 19 years before her retirement, she was a formidable leader in strengthening Manningham's service system.
Doreen was passionate, committed and respected by all. In addition to working with Doncare in Doncaster, she worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for 25 years, establishing strategic partnerships to benefit communities. She advocated for family, children, and social support services. She was awarded two Australian Honour Awards, a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 and a Public Service Medal (PSM) in 1995.
The awards will be announced and celebrated at the annual Gala Ceremony on Wednesday, 28 September 2022.