Jan pentland prize
The prestigious Jan Pentland Prize is awarded each year. The Prize recognises the work of an individual, group or organisation in the community sector, focussing on the financial or consumer rights of disadvantaged people in Australia. This includes work in the areas of financial counselling, financial inclusion, and consumer credit law. There is a particular focus on the effective integration of casework with campaigning for broader change.
The Prize is for $1,000 and is funded by Financial Counselling Australia.
The Prize is managed by Financial Counselling Australia rather than the Jan Pentland Foundation. However, information about the prize is on the Foundation’s website as that is the most logical place to find it.
Each year, FCA convenes a committee to choose the prize winner. This includes the Chair of FCA and two persons independent of the sector, but with knowledge of it.
Nominations could focus on one specific activity or achievement, or on a contribution over an extended period, and should specifically address at least one of the following criteria:
Outstanding achievement in financial counselling and/or consumer advocacy;
Achievement in undertaking law reform, campaign work, community development, and/or community education.
Maria Hatch and Maria Good
Her contribution over that time has been significant, including mentoring other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander financial counsellors. She has been a driving force behind the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum since its inception on 2006, including being part of the Steering Committee for many years.
Sue has contributed across so many fronts. She helped set up the first hospital based financial counselling service and was a pioneer in recognising the need for people affected by family violence to gain access to financial counselling. She also helped set up "horses for hope" in Shepparton, a program using equine-assisted learning and therapy
Apart from working as a financial counsellor, Dina was also on the management committee of the Consumer Credit Legal Service.
HIs work involved promoting financial literacy and well-being in the primarily Indigenous regional Gulf communities. Apart from providing culturally relevant and appropriate financial counselling and teaching in 2014 William drew public attention to the exploitation of consumers, especially Aboriginal consumers, in remote communities by rental companies.
His achievements and contribution include the development of the Australian Financial Counselling Code of Ethical Practice, numerous training programs for financial counsellors, mentoring and supervision of financial counsellors and working with industry in improving hardship policies.
Wayne continues to work tirelessly in editing and being the main contributor of ‘Sharkwatch’.
Kat is also the author of a number of really useful resources.
Fran’s nomination recognised her work in highlighting the harm from a predatory door-knocking company targeting Indigenous people in the Pilbara. Due to Frans close ties with the community and her initiative, energy and persistence she was able to help 26 people cancel their contracts with the dodgy company and receive refunds.
Jillian was a tireless advocate for funding from the Queensland Government for financial counselling. This campaign was ultimately successful and in 2009 the Queensland Government, for the first time.
2011 Fran Manuela
2010 Jillian Fletcher