MVSC Volunteering Awards
Written by David Hall
Jackie Chapman receives the Outstanding Contribution Award at this years Merton Volunteers Event! The annual Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards evening took place on 20 June 2018 at one of our listed venues, the Tooting and Mitcham Events Hall. The WCA has not attended in recent years but we were delighted to be there this year to pick up a hugely deserved award for our wonderful, committed, genuine, honest, untiring and personable Secretary, Jackie Chapman.
As you may have seen from her profile on Wimblecomm, Jackie has not only done an exceptional job for the WCA since taking on the Secretary role and helping sort out the old community centre in difficult circumstances in 2012/2013, she also volunteers elsewhere in Merton and beyond.
Her current work for the WCA includes managing our governance, developing our policies, sorting out staff salaries & pensions, HMRC and charity / company regulatory returns - as well as the tricky issue of GDPR this year!
Elsewhere Jackie helps out at the Merton library service, the Metropolitan Police Service (in Wimbledon) and Friends of Ravensbury Park and has been a volunteer at the Wimbledon Guild.
By a rough calculation we estimate that Jackie volunteers for over 1,000 hours a year, once you add together her time in Merton and her other voluntary responsibilities including at The Royal Courts of Justice where Jackie also supports litigants-in-person.
I think everyone at Carlton Theatre Group would also agree she has been the best Stage Manager the Wimbledon based society has ever had, having done the vast majority of shows since 2012!
Unfortunately, Jackie couldn’t be at the event as she was back home in Stoke that evening following a recent family tragedy, but I was honoured to go on her behalf and pick up her framed Certificate for her Outstanding Contribution.
It was an extraordinary evening in many ways. Jackie’s award was one of many given out on the evening to individuals and organisations over about two hours. The full list of awards can be found here at the MVSC site.
In a packed room, one couldn’t help but feel a little awe-struck and humble in the company of so many people who contribute towards our local community. A truly heart-warming evening which shows the rich vein of selflessness which is present here in Merton.