Congratulations to Alan Thornton for his nomination in the Alcoa Peel Volunteer of the Year Awards!

Alan has been an EdConnect volunteer at Falcon Primary School since 2013.  Alan listens to maths tables for year 1,4 and 5 students plus he individually mentors six students from pre-primary to year 5. Each year he provides around 300 hours of much needed one-on-one student support. Alan is known as ‘Mr T’ at Falcon Primary, and always arrives with a big smile.  He is enthusiastic, creative, always willing to give and most of all, he is caring.  Tiffany Hennessey, Deputy Principal of Falcon Primary School says, “The time he spends is a real investment in each child.  His contribution as a role model enables a child to develop into a young person that will pay it forward and contribute to the community.”

The awards night was held on December 5th on the foreshore in Mandurah and was attended by community groups, volunteers, community members, Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams and the Hon David Templeman MLA. The night was hosted by the Peel Volunteer Resource Centre who also celebrated their 25 year anniversary. We were lucky enough to hear about the amazing contribution of so many people make to support those in need in the Peel region, including volunteers from Alcoa, Hotham Valley Railway, Mum’s Cottage, Fibro & Us and many more.

Well done to Mr T for his nomination and thank you for your wonderful contribution!


Karen Barden EdConnect Rural Liaison Officer, Alan Thornton EdConnect volunteer, Tiffany Hennessey Deputy Principal Falcon Primary School