The Rotary Club of Boronia has recognised Denise Budge, recently retired CEO of Knox Infolink, for her long-term work in the community services sector by naming her a Paul Harris Fellow,1 an honour bestowed on someone who has made a substantial service contribution. Rotary District 9810 Governor Ken Miller presented Denise with a certificate and lapel pin in acknowledgment of this award at a recent Club meeting.
In introducing Denise as the award recipient, Immediate Past President Peter Dalwood provided an overview of her work in the community services sector over more than 30 years, which has included:
- 15 years as Manager at the Consumer and Tenant Resource Centre;
- 2½ years as Policy Officer at the Financial and Consumer Rights Council;
- 10 years as Outer East Regional Manager of the Eastern Community Legal Centre; and
- 6 years, until her retirement in December 2022, as Centre Manager at Knox Infolink.
Denise’s responsibilities in these roles included policy and procedure development; project implementation and reporting; networking and service marketing; team leadership; and ensuring high levels of customer service. As Centre Manager at Knox Infolink, Denise worked tirelessly to ensure that assistance was provided to all in need, based on assessment and their current situation. She was always looking at how the service could improve and making sure it was reaching as many people as possible.
However, this is not the end! Denise assured the Club that after a short retirement break, she intends to continue her service to the community as a volunteer.
Further details of Denise’s extensive community contribution are presented in the full citation.
1 A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who has contributed, or who has a contribution made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The program is named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris. Further details of this recognition program can be found here.