Esteemed praise for dedicated community spirit

Latrobe Valley dance teacher Julie Ryan and paramedic Neil Akers were acknowledged in State Parliament on Tuesday for their outstanding community service.

Member for Morwell Russell Northe spoke in Parliament about the achievements of both Ms Ryan and Mr Akers and their contribution to the local community over many decades.

Mr Northe attended a fundraising event last Saturday evening for the Julie Ryan Dancers team who will soon be on stage in New York.

“The combined event was a fundraiser for the dance school’s upcoming trip to New York and retirement Gala for Julie Ryan,” he said.

“Julie is hanging up her dancing shoes after a 44-year commitment to teaching young people in our region who love to dance.

“Congratulations Julie on your retirement and wishing you all the best in your transition.”

Mr Northe said congratulations were also in order for the paramedic who had dedicated 45 years of service to Ambulance Victoria.

“This is a fantastic achievement in recognition of Neil’s dedication, duty and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the general community,” Mr Northe said in parliament.

“Neil began his career in 1970 with Ambulance Victoria in the Latrobe Valley; Neil has since worked throughout Victoria as a relieving officer and more notably as the health commander overseeing fire fighters and the community throughout the Hazelwood Mine Fire.

“Latrobe Valley paramedics do a tremendous job by saving lives every day and are sincerely admired by the community and Neil Akers is a testament to this.”