(Community Recognition Statement, 19 September 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I rise to acknowledge Michael Meredith and the St Canice’s Kitchen volunteers.
Michael has retired as a volunteer with the St Canice’s Kitchen in Elizabeth Bay. A friend brought him along to the church 17 years ago and he’s been there organising Friday lunch teams since, preparing food, serving it and cleaning up afterwards – a whole morning’s effort each Friday.
Along with teams of volunteers, many of whom like him have been involved over many years, Michael has served 800 meals to people in need. Over time, he introduced inductions, health and safety rules and improvements to operations as well as regular coffee get-togethers and annual lunches for the volunteer team. He knows that the camaraderie and social connections are very important reasons people volunteer their time and skills.
We are fortunate to have people like Michael and the kitchen teams giving back to the community, and they have our sincere thanks.