Local residents in dance teacher Julie Ryan and paramedic Neil Akers were acknowledged in Parliament today for their outstanding community service.
Member for Morwell, Russell Northe today spoke in Parliament about the achievements of both Julie and Neil and their contribution to the local community over many decades.
Mr Northe attended a fundraising event last Saturday evening for the Julie Ryan Dancers team who will soon be on stage in New York. Mr Northe said, “The combined event was a fundraiser for the dance schools upcoming trip to New York and retirement Gala for Julie Ryan.” “Julie is hanging up her dancing shoes after a 44 year commitment to teaching young people in our region who love to dance. “Congratulations Julie on your retirement and wishing you all the best in your transition.”
“Julie took up dancing at the age of six in Morwell ‘as something to do’, 10 years later at the age of sixteen Julie opened her own dance school after discovering Traralgon didn’t have one,” Mr Northe said.
“Julie has shaped and assisted thousands of local performers across the Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland region.
“Well done Julie on your outstanding effort in assisting local dancers over the years.”
Mr Northe also acknowledged the outstanding efforts of our local paramedic Neil Akers.
Mr Northe said congratulations were in order for Neil given his 45 years of service with Ambulance Victoria. In Parliament he said “This is a fantastic achievement in recognition of Neil’s dedication, duty and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the general community.
“Neil began his career in 1970 with Ambulance Victoria in the Latrobe Valley; Neil has since worked throughout Victoria as a relieving officer and more notably as the health commander overseeing fire fighters and the community throughout the Hazelwood Mine Fire,” Mr Northe said.
“Latrobe Valley paramedics do a tremendous job by saving lives every day and are sincerely admired by the community and Neil Akers is a testament to this.”
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