Each year Bike North invites members to nominate other members of Bike North for recognition through our system of Volunteer Awards https://www.bikenorth.org.au/about-bike-north/bike-north-honours-system/. As stated on the website we want to recognise – and congratulate and thank – “people whose actions and commitment over a period of time are above and beyond what could be reasonably expected and who have made a significant difference by virtue of their contribution”.
We normally announce these awards at our Annual General Meeting and present award certificates. These days it seems that it will be some time before we can have our usual rides day culminating in the AGM and lunch.
Nevertheless, the Bike North called for nominations for our awards and received two nominations both of which the Executive was delighted to support.
Gerrit Hagen: Life Member
Extracts from his nomination:
Gerrit Hagen first joined Bike North in October 2005 and became a Ride Leader in July 2011. As a Ride Leader, he has led possibly more rides than any other leader, with his tally to date of just over 500 rides (with up to 48 participants!). His leadership style has encouraged newer riders to continue their involvement with Bike North, and cycling in general, and he is continually looking at leading a variety of rides which assists in keeping the program interesting. Gerrit has also encouraged, and assisted with training, a number of Apprentice Ride Leaders including many of our current group of leaders. His attitude to the safety of his group and the relaxed natures of his rides, ensures they are very popular with members. Gerrit has also served as a member of the Rides Committee from 2016 to 2019.
Gerrit has been awarded Volunteer of the Year award in 2015 and, based on the number of rides he has put on, which averaged more than one per week for five years, could easily have taken out this award more than once.
Bike North depends on survival as a BUG due to the rides. I don’t know of anyone who would get anywhere near Gerrit’s activity and he has encouraged so many members, memberships and other ride leaders.
Gerrit and his wife, Willemina, have long been stalwarts of Bike North, both having received Volunteer Awards in the past. They are moving to Woy Woy but we hope they will continue to lead and sweep Bike North rides!
Alison Pryor: Volunteer of the Year
Extracts from her nomination:
Alison has contributed an enormous amount of time and effort in coaching; working with Ryde advocacy & council; organising travel; as ride leader and leading the Rides Committee; organising overseas travel and contributing to the social activities of Bike North.
Alison was the ride leader who help built my confidence and skills when I joined Bike North and I returned to bike riding in 2006.
In the years that I have been involved with Bike North I have seen Alison participate in every aspect of Bike North’s organisation. Her role as a coach, ride leader and Ride Committee member is/has been a vital contribution to the success of the club. Her organisational and communication skills have contributed to BN social life in the form of organising a number of overseas trips and social activities within the club. Alison has a keen interest in cycling and promotion of cycling and her coaching experience and involvement in Advocacy has benefited many cyclists outside of Bike North.
Over the five years that I have known Alison, she has consistently impressed me with her contributions to improving the cycling experience of Bike North members and the wider community. She has organised numerous overseas and Australian cycling trips, which have been much enjoyed by many BN members. She generously gives up her time to coach members of the community wishing to improve their cycling skills. Alison’s input to the BN executive is always considered and insightful and leads to good decision-making.
Warmest congratulations to both Gerrit and Alison!