Yellow-and-Blue1 (1)The ARRC Yellow Award was developed because I feel there is a need to value people as much as we value our rivers and the environments we work so hard to protect and restore.  Without enthusiastic and dedicated people we cannot achieve all the goals to which we, the organisations we work within, and the communities we care about, aspire to attain.

Maree Abood

Maree-with-Yellow-Award-1On Monday 17 December, Maree Abood, Director Urban Water, Department of Primary Industries Office of Water, was presented with a Yellow Award from the Australian River Restoration Centre for her ‘steady, positive and compassionate leadership that motivates and inspires her teams and peers’.

Bruce Boyes, who worked closely with Maree as Program Manager for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program made the nomination, stating,

“Maree is an incredibly inspiring leader – I’ve found her to be unflappable in the most difficult of situations – for me a “rock” when the high pressure meant I was turning to sand!”

The nomination and Bruce’s sentiments were srtongly supported by the entire Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program management team as well as Maree’s Urban Water colleagues who took part in a morning tea held to commemorate the achievement.

Upon receiving the award, Maree said

”I am deeply honoured to be a recipient of the Australian River Restoration Centre’s Yellow Award. I truly believe in what I do and am constantly inspired by my incredibly gifted and dedicated colleagues all of whom strive to find solutions to protect and restore our valuable water resources for current and future generations. This was a wonderful surprise and fantastic end to a challenging year. Thank you.”

Well done Maree!  I love seeing those smiling faces so if you have someone you would like to nominate please get in touch.  Siwan :-)

Nicola Dixon

Nicola-Dixon-and-Mark-BethwaiteThe lovely Nicola Dixon from the Sydney Metro Catchment Management Authority got a surprise when she was awarded the ARRC Yellow Award a few weeks ago at the SMCMA Board meeting.

Judy Christie who works with Nicola said that she was nominated for the award because of her:

…enthusiastic and positive and energetic approach, in particular with the running of the 2012 Community Forum in  March.  Nicola was unfailingly helpful in dealing with community volunteers  and delighted participants on the day with her cheerful and friendly manner.  There is no doubt it is great to work alongside ” yellow people”.  

Upon receiving the award Nicola said:

“It is an honour and a delight to receive an ARRC Yellow Award. I am very lucky to work as part of a warm, knowledgeable and supportive team, and it’s quite easy to feel positive and inspired when I constantly hear of the enthusiasm and dedication with which Sydney’s eco-volunteers and NRM staff are tackling urban environmental issues.  

The SMCMA staff have embraced the concept of the Yellow Award. I’ll be passing on the smiley yellow guy to a deserving colleague next month. He’s currently perched up above my desk where everyone can see him, as a reminder!”

Many many congratulations Nicola, I am thrilled for you.   Please take the time to say thank you to those you work with, and have a think about who you might like nominate for an ARRC Yellow Award.


Fin Martin – Inaugural ARRC Yellow Award Winner

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe winner of the inaugural ARRC Yellow Award is Fin Martin from the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority.  People like Fin are really important to have in any organisation because they remind us of how valuable our relationships with others are in making both our professional and personal lives meaningful.  I am thrilled that Fin is the first recipient of this award which is:

For sharing his hope, optimism, energy, friendliness, knowledge and belief in the value of people, with those lucky enough to be around him.

Thank you to my co-conspirators Michelle Crossley, Jane Young and Joanne Lenehan who organised a morning tea and special awards ceremony.  In winning his award Fin said:

“Although totally unexpected, it was very pleasing to receive the inaugural ARRC Yellow award. Although I don’t need much encouragement in doing a job that I love – working with rivers and wetlands, it is nice to be recognised sometimes, especially by peers”





If you would like to nominate someone for an ARRC Yellow Award please get in touch with me.