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Recognising 40 years of volunteering, Pam Rivers.

By Jennifer Lumsden, September 3 2019

Forty-five years ago, Marriott Support Services did not exist.

In the 1970s, a group of local people who were concerned about the lack of options for young people with intellectual disability about to leave school formed the Moorabbin Association for the Intellectually Disabled.

A former hospital site in Anne Street McKinnon provided limited services; and with major maintenance needed and as the numbers of young people grew, the need became urgent to secure alternative premises.

Pam Rivers was a local real estate business owner and part of the Association; it was through the local Liberal party, that Pam met Allan T. Marriott.

In the mid-1980s, and as the community need became more pressing, several properties were purchased in Wheatley Road with a generous donation from Allan T Marriott; following a government grant a purpose-built facility, the Community Hub (formerly known as Marriott House), was built.

Pam continued volunteering into her 80s, including serving many years on the Marriott board and active involvement in fundraising efforts. Marriott named the annual award that recognises the contribution of volunteers, the Pam Rivers Volunteer Award in her honour.

Pam says, “I like connecting with people with disability and feel proud to have been able to make an active contribution to the community.”

Marriott was not the only place Pam left her mark in the community, volunteering for 20 years at East Bentleigh Community Health, her life has been committed to shaping the community for good and her service recognised with a well-deserved Order of Australia.

Our heartfelt thanks to you Pam for playing such a part of our history, for contributing so much of energy and time to much-needed quality service for people with disability and their families.

We acknowledge the contribution of ordinary people in the community, Marriott’s pioneers, who through hard work and dedication made a significant impact.

We remember Marriott’s humble and determined beginnings as we shape the future.

Pam presents the Pam Rivers Award to Shelagh.

Pam presents the Pam Rivers Volunteer Award to Sheenagh.


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