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Monday, 3 March 2014
Page: 1309

Mrs PRENTICE (Ryan) (13:44): I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the many volunteers in my electorate of Ryan. As a driving force in our community, these volunteers work without thought of reward or recognition. Today I wish to acknowledge two recipients of the Ryan Community Service Award.

Mr Les Schroder has long been involved in the Ryan community through the Brisbane West Crime Stoppers organisation, from its establishment; the Indooroopilly Neighbourhood Watch group; the Kenmore Community Consultative Committee; and the Kenmore 91 Probus Club, along with many other community organisations. Mr Schroder is a dedicated, hardworking individual who never seeks accolades and indeed was shocked when he received his award at the annual Crime Stoppers Thank You Day, another event for which he was a driving force and organiser.

Another worthy constituent I wish to recognise is Mr Richard Francis. Mr Francis is a hardworking member of the Ryan community through his involvement in the Men's Shed, playing a major role in the establishment of Shed West, Kenmore, which aims to provide a safe, welcoming and creative environment for men to pursue a wide range of interests and activities, from woodworking to computing. Also an active and valued member of the Probus Club of Brisbane West, Richard is another striking example of the hardworking community members in the electorate of Ryan whom I am honoured to represent.