With so much of our world turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last two years, one thing in particular has come sharply into focus: the day-to-day work that keeps our communities running, and the workers who make it all possible, are the everyday champions who make our lives and neighbourhoods the places we love to live and work.
And that’s what makes them our Local Heroes.
The people who keep our world running – childcare workers, community support workers, workers in waste management, road repair, administration, and so many others – have always been the folks who are ready to get up and give their all for the community. In the last few years, the world has come to understand how essential these workers are.
Vision Super was founded in 1947 for workers in these industries, so it’s a story that goes straight to our heart. The ongoing pandemic has proved just how critical workers in Local Government are to the everyday services we all rely on, so Vision Super wants to recognise these essential workers for what they are – Local Heroes going above and beyond to make the lives of friends, neighbours, and our local worlds that little bit better each and every day.
Rosalie Rogers from Mount Alexander Shire is one of these Local Heroes. Rosalie was nominated for this year’s awards for going above and beyond to look after vulnerable elderly members of our community and their carers during the pandemic, despite the incredible stress on support workers like her. Rosalie has helped these concerned community members by talking them through the My Aged Care process, explaining the system and allaying their fears. Rosalie’s cheerful and calm demeanour, her wealth of knowledge and her compassionate response to crisis led directly to her ‘outstanding’ example. Through thick and thin, Rosalie has assisted vulnerable and elderly community members in feeling that they are not alone, and that the Mount Alexander Shire can help guide them through a stressful and cumbersome system, even at the weekend.
It’s stories like Rosalie’s that not only put the efforts of the last two years into context, but also prove why the work of Local Heroes like them are so important at every level of our communities. Recognising these contributions, celebrating the workers who make them, and ensuring that the example they set is acknowledged for the difference it makes is what the Vision Super Local Heroes awards are all about.
After more than ten years at the City of Melbourne, Gary Lee is someone who lives and breathes the values of a Local Hero. Employee, community leader and passionate volunteer, he has led award-wining, high impact projects that aim to welcome, support and empower international students. He plays a key role on the frontline and in leading initiatives in mental health, wellbeing and pathways to employment. Through his leadership, the approach to supporting international students has always been coordinated, effective and holistic. As a voice of community and a passionate volunteer, his most impactful contribution is not just what he does, but how he inspires others to do the same.
At Vision Super, working hard and going above and beyond for our members is what we’re all about, and we think it’s time to acknowledge and say thanks for the work you do and the difference you make.
So, whether you’re in community care, maintenance and waste management, childcare, or running a library; if you’re working in Local Government and giving your all – you’re a Local Hero too.
If you’d like to see who won the Vision Super Local Heroes Awards, head to https://www.visionsuper.com.au/local-heroes/