Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    Presentation of award recognising the State's 800 registered foster carers

    27/10/1999 11:56 AM

      A prestigious award recognising the dedicated work of the State’s 800 registered foster carers has been jointly awarded to two families this year who between them have looked after 60 foster children over the last 11 years.

      In presenting the Gwyn Lamb Award to Ann and Peter McCormack, of Belmont, and Sheena and Max Bennett, of Middle Swan, Family and Children’s Services Minister Rhonda Parker said the families, like all foster carers, share their lives, their home and their love with those in need.

      “This year there were a record 42 nominations, each one from someone in the community saying thank you to those nominated,” Mrs Parker said.

      “Many of the children who come into care have experienced difficult and sometimes traumatic childhoods. Foster carers provide them with a safe, secure, caring and loving home.”

      Ann and Peter McCormack have fostered about 30 children over the last 11 years, ranging from babies to 18-year-olds. The family is currently looking after two children long-term.

      The couple is involved in coaching T-ball, working with adults who have a disability, as police mediators in their community and in organising blue light discos.

      In their community they are known as aunty and uncle and have assisted new carers in adapting to fostercare.

      The other joint winners, Sheena and Max Bennett, have been fostering for more than eight years, during which time they have cared for about 30 children.

      The family currently cares for five children ranging from two to almost 18 and received four nominations for the award, including one from a teenager in their care.

      “They have gone out of their way to help me in all aspects of my life,” the foster child said.

      “They have done all this while looking after four other children, who get the same attention as me.”

      Mrs Parker said the Gwyn Lamb Award was an acknowledgement of gratitude to all foster carers from the community.

      Any of the State’s foster carers can be nominated for the award, which is made by the Foster Care Association of Western Australia.

      Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810