|Type of person|| Individual
Stephen Frinsdorf ~ recognised for giving back to the Gawler community
The South Australian Regional Awards are held annually to celebrate and showcase the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia.
The Seniors Card Unit would like to congratulate Stephen Frinsdorf, Seniors Card member and winner of the Community Individual Award, Barossa region, sponsored by the Seniors Card Unit. Stephen was presented with his award at a special ceremony at the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club on Tuesday 7 October 2014.
Stephen is always putting back into the community, giving his time freely to support a number of organisations in the district. Stephen’s work is supported by his wife Tasma who is also a volunteer. “Tasma is also a tireless volunteer at Helping Hand Ingle Farm”, Stephen says. “Both Tasma and I love working with volunteers and assisting to get projects up and running”.
Stephen is a great supporter of the Gawler region. “The Gawler district has so many inspiring locals with Orders of Australia, like Bruce Eastick, Patricia Dent, the late Graham Parham and the late Patrick Mells many others who are great mentors and set high standards to improve the conditions for the residents of Gawler,” says Stephen proudly. “The two Brian’s, former Mayor Brian Sambell and former Deputy Mayor Brian Thom have been of great assistance as well. We are so lucky to have Minister Tony Piccolo and John Dawkins that are so passionate about the region.” Steve has a great working relationship with Mayor Karen Redman. Stephen wishes to thank Sheila Willox, Volunteer Co-ordinator for, leading him into a local focus on Gawler.
Stephen spent much of his youth on agricultural properties, growing cherries on the Corkscrew Road at Montacute , apples and pears at Para Valley Fruit, Paracombe and running cattle and sheep. His career began in the family real estate company that was founded in 1901. From Stock brokers to real estate agents, first purchasing and renovating real estate projects, then becoming a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer Asset manager and then moving into the top end of commercial real estate with Knight Frank organising projects and then large scale property management with Taplin Group.
Before retiring five years ago, Stephen took up a position as Property Officer at Town of Gawler, running the property section including a number of historic and heritage properties and sporting grounds. He noticed the fantastic team of volunteers that make it all happen! Stephen is a great supporter of the graffiti team and their outstanding work to keep Gawler clean.
Stephen has been volunteering for many years; from 1966 to 1976, he was President of Adelaide Rural Youth. Stephen also dedicated his time and efforts to Montacute CFS, Red Nose Day events, school projects, Rotary Club, Gawler National Trust and too many BBQs to mention!
Stephen was inspired by his late father-in-law, Tom Keays. “He had an endless energy and desire to help others like Red Cross, Blind Welfare and POW events”, he says. “My 94 year old mother-in-law, Doreen Keays was also a volunteer for 35 years with Meals on wheels and the Red Cross blood service”.
In 2013, Stephen received a joint Gawler Australia Day Citizen of the Year award for his contribution to Willo’s Men’s shed and Gawler Health volunteers and Neighbourhood House.
In 2014, Stephen received personal recognition from the HESTA Awards (Unsung Hero Community Service Award), received a Premiers Award and was nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal. Last month, he was proud to add the 2014 Seniors Card Community Individual Award in the Brand SA Regional Awards program to his accolades.
See below for more information about the projects Stephen is currently involved in:
• Stephen is a member of the Gawler Show Committee. “We are so lucky to have an army of volunteers helping showcase Gawler – many have 40 years plus continuous service!” he says currently the President of Gawler show which attracts 30, 000 people over three days. It has a small army of volunteers that make a difference some on site and others doing parking all up over 300 people making it happen.
• Stephen is Treasurer of Suicide Prevention in Gawler which meets at the Gawler Sports Centre
• Stephen is a joint Patron of Willo’s Men’s Shed, located at 5 Little Paxton Street, Willaston. The group meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. The Shed aims to improve men’s mental health by offering a safe place to meet people and work together for a good cause. Over the past 12 months, Stephen has led a renewed energy for the Willo’s Men’s shed, which was looking at closing its doors just two years ago. The group now has a new lease and has increased its number of volunteer hours.
• Stephen is Chair of Neighbourhood House Inc. located at 2 Scheibener Terrace, Gawler. The Neighbourhood House is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and they are always looking for volunteers. Current interests include trying to assist to establish the Gawler Broadcasting project. Currently part of a team establishing another Community House outpost in Freeling. Steve has a passion for creating employment and work for the dole getting meaningful work for volunteers
• Gawler Community House aims to provide useful volunteer employment and new friendships, making the Gawler district a better place. It is a fantastic place to learn, share knowledge, meet friends and recycle clothing and goods for the community at affordable prices. “Without the volunteer support base, things would not happen and if we can give good leadership, miracles happen,” Stephen says. In partnership with Employment Directions, Gawler Community House has assisted in giving away 1,400 computers to Centrelink customers.
On winning the Seniors Card Community Individual Award, Stephen says, “It is fantastic to be recognised within the region by your peers. It does not happen overnight and many hours go into planning with the support of other like-minded people. The recognition is not for me but the co-workers that helped make an idea into reality. I have been supported by my wife and we share different interests which makes an ideal retirement. We have developed friends from around the world through volunteering. We are looking forward to doing more and improving on what we do best.”
Steve has two daughters, one running her family West coast farm in sheep and wheat dryland farming, another a highly skilled engineer.
Steve is supported by a family of achievers by his brother Roger Frinsdorf, Jillian Cox and Judy Wake all have given to the community to make Australia a better place.
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