Future2 awards acknowledge financial planners who give back to the community
The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), today announced Kathy Havers from Catalyst Financial Group as the national winner of the 2014 Future2 Community Service of the Year Award. Ms Havers also won the 2014 State Award in Victoria.
The Future2 Community Service Award recognises FPA members who have, in a pro bono or public service capacity, made an outstanding contribution to improving the circumstances of the most socially excluded or financially disadvantaged members of the community.
Mr Mark Rantall FPA CEO noted that the Future2 awards are in tune with the theme for this year’s Professional Congress ‘Inspiring Greatness’, “Ms Havers has inspired greatness with her commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged young Australians.”
Kathy is passionate about community service and philanthropy. She is Director of the Kindred Spirits Foundation and is activity involved in the Palngun Wurnagat Women’s Association in a remote area of the Northern Territory. She assisted with the purchase of a processing plant for native Northern Territory food which has created jobs for 200 indigenous people – jobs that were not otherwise available in their community.
Kathy also conducts talks about finance for Autism Victoria – a support group for parents with autistic children and provides free one on one sessions for parents to help them navigate the system which is made all that more difficult and complex with a child with a disability
She was excited to learn of her win “You haven’t truly lived until you have done something wonderful for someone who can never possibly repay you. I am very humbled and honoured to receive the award from the Future2 foundation who are doing some wonderful work, everyone should get on board”
Steve Helmich, Executive Director of Financial Planning at AMP and one of the judges of the Future2 Community Service Award, said: “There were some outstanding candidates this year that are committed to improving the circumstances of the most socially excluded and financially disadvantaged members of the community. All Australians deserve access to trusted advice, and this award is testament to how financial planners can make a real difference to the wider community.”
Runners up include WA State Winner Joseph Hoe from Wealthwise and NSW State Winner William Johns from Health and Finance Integrated.
The FPA Awards were presented during the FPA Professionals Congress in Adelaide on 19th – 21st of November. For more information on the awards, please visit http://fpa.com.au/awards/