John O’Sullivan retired from service at Springvale Monash Legal Service Inc. (SMLS) in 2014 after more than two decades of volunteering, as Chair, Treasurer and Board member, and volunteer supervisor in our evening advice service.
In recognition of John’s contributions the Board has resolved to offer an annual prize in his honour, beginning in 2014.
The John O’Sullivan volunteer award will be an annual prize of $500 for an SMLS volunteer in recognition of:
The voluntary contributions and outstanding accomplishments to SMLS that demonstrate exceptional commitment to advancing the interests, rights and dignity of marginalised or vulnerable members of society.
The recipient of the 2016 John O’Sullivan Volunteer Award was announced at SMLS’ Annual General Meeting on 26 October 2016.
We are pleased to announce that the award this year has been presented to Jessica Malin.
Jess began volunteering at the SMLS/SECASA Joint Legal Clinic in 2008 as a second year law student at Monash University. A strong belief in social justice drew Jess to the clinic, a belief which has only grown stronger during her time at SMLS. After completing her law degree, Jess commenced work in public policy within the Government sector, embarked on her Masters of Law and started a family.
The SMLS/SECASA Joint Legal Clinic acts for marginalised and vulnerable clients. Most of the clients involved with the clinic are children or were children at the time they were sexually abused. Many of them have significant mental health or substance abuse issues. many are homeless. Jess has sensitively, diligently and conscientiously served this client base throughout her time as a volunteer.
Despite her many other commitments, Jess regularly volunteers to take on the most challenging cases and is a very deserving recipient of the John O’Sullivan Volunteer Award.
Our congratulations and thanks to Jess and all of our wonderful volunteers for your ongoing dedication and commitment.