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Sally Smith Award


The Sally Smith Award is presented to honour Sally Smith who was a committee member of the PWSA Victoria for 32 years. During this time, Sally assisted many families of people with PWS by educating them and their extended families about Prader-Willi Syndrome and provided strategies on how to deal with the syndrome in all the various stages. Sally also spends time educating schools, respite service providers and organisations across Australia on how to manage the characteristics of PWS, and how to help a person in crisis or within a stressful situation.

The award will be given to a person in recognition of their outstanding effort in promoting the education, awareness, wellbeing and welfare of people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. It will be presented each year, at the Annual General Meeting of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria. The successful nominee will receive the Sally Smith Award and a $200 gift voucher for Amazon books or a voucher of choice, but it must be used for educational purposes.

Greg KingGreg King has been awarded the Sally Smith Award for 2014 Greg has been a great ambassador for PWSA and gone over and above the call of duty to assist our PWS families
• Greg has increased the public awareness of PWS not only in his own Rotary community but in other Rotary clubs the district
• Through his connection with Rotary Greg has provided opportunities for members of the PWS Association to talk to Rotary groups to further increase public awareness and education about PWS
• Greg was instrumental in enlisting Rotary support to get PWS Apple iPad program up and going
• Greg with his drive & enthusiasm has rallied fellow Rotarian to assist the PWS with fundraising ventures and the camps program.
• Greg has been very generous with his time to help building networks and mentoring.

Greg’s drive and enthusiasm has greatly assisted our PWS families in so many ways. Thank you Greg .


Natalie Anderson, Sally Smith Award Recipient 2013Sally Smith and last years recipient Erin Gumbleton presented the 2nd Annual Sally Smith Award to Natalie Anderson at the recent Family Day and AGM.

Natalie has done a lot over the years to raise awareness for PWS. She has given many talks to new families, teachers and students about PWS. She likes to share her tips on how she copes with having PWS and has helped the PWSA Vic with putting Newsletters and notices in envelopes and mailing them out.

Natalie attends Marriott Support Services in McKinnon where she helps deliver Meals on Wheels, does the mail run to the other Marriott facilities, helps out with some of the other participants and she has just started to do some volunteer work at a local childcare centre.

Congratulations Natalie, keep up the good work.


Erin Gumbelton, Sally Smith Award Recipient 2012 Congratulations to Erin who is the first recipient of the Sally Smith Award 2012 given by the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria.

Erin was chosen due to her outstanding contribution and achievements with Special Olympics over many years. She has proven that regardless of what limitations PWS places on your life you can achieve in your own way. Well done Erin.

Erin works in a workshop two days a week and attends Murray Human Services training on two days a week where she has just completed her certificate 1 & 2 in General Education. Erin has been in Special Olympics since she was 15, taking part in Aquatics training every week and has started her Austswim Teachers course and assists with junior swimming training with Special Olympics.

Erin also enjoys playing Ten Pin Bowling where she has been selected for the Victorian Team to Travel to Cairns in October for the Trans Tasman Tournament.

Erin belongs to the Athletes Leadership Program (ALP’s) run by Special Olympics it contains four modules in Governance, Ambassador, Coach and Volunteering in this program they have a mentor who is there to guide them with the training.

Erin's new love is horse riding and now belongs to Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

Erin, what an inspiration you are to so many.

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