Social housing volunteers honoured

Penington and Hadfield winners Anna Rogalina and Michael Aboujundi with Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
14 December 2015

Penington and Hadfield winners Anna Rogalina and Michael Aboujundi with Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin FoleyMichael Aboujundi and Anna Rogalina were announced as the Frances Penington Award and Molly Hadfield Award winners for 2015.

The awards were presented by Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley at an awards ceremony at Parliament House on Wednesday, 9 December 2015.

Frances Penington Award recipient Michael Aboujundi was recognised for his work as a tenant advocate, spokesperson for residents of the Northcote housing estate, and champion for estate improvements.

The Frances Penington Award is named in honour of the late Housing Commissioner, who was the first woman appointed to the board of a statutory authority in Victoria.

Anna Rogalina received the Molly Hadfield Award for her work supporting older members of her public housing community who have lost a partner or who are at risk of being isolated from the community as well as running community groups on the estate.

The Molly Hadfield Award recognises the work of the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield OAM, who was a dedicated advocate for public housing tenants. She was also a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group, which formed in 1983.

For more information on the awards and current and previous winners, visit www.housing.vic.gov.au/phawards

Image caption: Award winners Michael Aboujundi and Anna Rogalina with Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley at the awards ceremony at Parliament House.

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