Supported t by the Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, the Greg Cook Volunteering Recognition Award, recognises volunteers throughout the community for their exemplary volunteerism. If you know of a volunteer that is worthy of this award, please feel free to nominate them.
Twice a year, nominees are recognised with a Certificate of Recognition at a morning tea event, held at Volunteering Redlands.
In December each year, a ceremony is held in conjunction with Volunteering Redlands International Volunteer Day Expo. The four winners of the Annual Greg Cook Award are announced and awarded cash prizes for themselves and their choice of charity or NFP organisation within the Redland City.
Please contact us to find out more about how to nominate a volunteer for the award.
In the late 1990’s, Victoria Point changed, and not all for the better. One of the main changes was the down-sizing of the shops and services at what was known at that time; Koala Park Shopping Centre, or Koala Park.
Koala Park was the beginnings of what is today; the Victoria Point shopping centre. When the last bank at Koala Park closed its doors, a small group of locals banded together to discuss what could be done to return banking services to Victoria Point.
Greg Cook was voted to lead the small group.
The journey to establish the first Community Bank in the Redlands took vision, time, dedication and courage.
Over the next few years Greg and what was known as the steering committee; hit the pavement, lobbied and, long story short; began to build commitment to establishing the Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank.
Greg took a personal financial risk to pay for some of the early costs, not knowing if he would be refunded. Greg strove to ensure as many people as possible knew and had the opportunity to invest in, or bank with the Community Bank.
Greg was essentially the founder of the Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, leading the steering committee, then changing roles to become a director of the company and was a positive influence on the board until September 2008. Greg’s foundation work resulted in a strong local business. The Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, has returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Redlands community in general.
The positive legacy of Greg’s courage and vision will endure and assist thousands of people for years to come.
Greg established what has become a shining light in the Redlands, as a volunteer. The Volunteering Redlands Greg Cook Award recognises volunteers in Redlands. These volunteers are mostly the silent army that in their own way show courage and dedication, like Greg Cook.