Logan safe as houses with these heroes

Published: 21 Nov 2018 2:42pm

A couple who helps migrants and refugees resettle, a campaign against domestic violence and a youth participation program have been recognised for their roles in making Logan safe and secure.

The City of Logan Safe City Awards for 2018 were announced at a ceremony at Logan Metro Sports and Events Centre on Tuesday, November 20.

The annual awards acknowledge the work of volunteers, individuals, not-for-profit groups, government agencies and businesses that have contributed to making the City of Logan more welcoming, inclusive and safe.

Jon and Michelle Sorohan were judged the winners in the Volunteer category for their tireless work with helping newly arrived families integrate into the Logan community.

Jon Sorohan said the greatest challenge for many refugees and asylum seekers is keeping a roof over their heads.

“Through our various communities we’ve been working hard to pull together the funds to pay the rents,” Jon said.

“We’re very fortunate to have such a great community around to raise money.

“We’re helping about six families so it’s a big job that we manage to do outside work and all the various other things we do.”

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said all the nominees had worked towards making our city a safe place to enjoy.

“The fact that their work is usually performed in addition to their day jobs and other obligations makes their efforts even more impressive,’ Cr Swenson said.

“Whether it be settling new arrivals, tackling the scourge of domestic violence or keeping our youth occupied and engaged, it is great to know that there are so many people out their dedicating their time to making our community safer and happier.

“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and everyone who was nominated.”

Volunteer category

Winner: Jon and Michelle Sorohan for their work helping newly arrived families. integrate into the Logan community.

Runner-up: Rory Akermanis, a volunteer in policing.

Not-for-profit category

NOT NOW, NOT EVER in Logan campaign. This campaign seeks to change attitudes and behaviours and to provide a safe and supportive community where domestic violence is not tolerated.

Runner-up: Lil Bug Love – an organisation that provides comfort for children in crisis.

Government/Business category

Winner: Codie Smith who creates programs through the Logan PCYC to engage youth in social activities.

Runner-up: Senior Constable Luke Turner, from the Edens Landing Police Beat, for various community engagement initiatives.