Nominations for the 2021 Roy Byrnes Award are now open. You can submit a nomination here.
Nominations close Friday 31 July 2021.
Why we honour Roy:
In December 2009 the Union and community were greatly saddened by the sudden passing of United Services Union Organiser, Roy Byrnes. Roy had worked as a full-time official for the USU for two years, after being an active delegate for many years at the City of Sydney Council. Roy was also a proud member of the Sydney Branch Committee of Management.
Roy was a strong community leader who was always the first to lend a hand no matter how big or small the job, regardless of the time of the day.
Roy collected for the Salvation Army, letter-boxed and campaigned for the ALP and ran raffles to raise money for a range of high profile charities. He would lend a hand to any community member to move furniture, fix their computers or just assist individuals to complete documentation such as tax returns.
In recognition of Roy’s outstanding community efforts the USU and Sydney Branch developed an annual Award endorsed by the State Executive that recognises individuals’ selfless contribution to their community. The award is known as the “Roy Byrnes Community Contribution Award”.
Each year the Union, via the United magazine and the Union web page, calls on members to nominate themselves, other members or groups of members who have, over the previous 12 months, provided an outstanding Community contribution.
The winner will be selected and be presented with a specially made plaque (engraved with their name).
For more information contact the USU Support Team on 1300 136 604.