KSP's 2018 Meritorious Service Award Announced at Team Thank You Event

November 14, 2018

What an inspiring year! I had the privilege of stepping into the role of Chairperson of the Board at KSP following the delightful Tabetha Beggs at the end of 2017. I quickly learned just how much goes on at this community writing hub and second home for many, affectionately known as Katharine’s Place, a place in which the spirit of encouragement, teaching and sharing is still very much alive. The full program of residencies, events, groups and competitions would not be possible without the dedication of a faithful team of supporters, staff and volunteers.



Last weekend, we held a 'thank you' afternoon tea at the beautiful Cafe Mojo in Mundaring to acknowledge this amazing team and also announce the 2018 Meritorious Service Award. For the award, we invited KSP members to nominate someone who goes over and above the call of duty in contribution to the KSP community, and from among these nominees, the board of management (those who hadn't been nominated) placed a blind vote to find a winner. While there are so very many people who deserve extra acknowledgement, it was my pleasure to present this award to Lisa Holt, who is not only a board member and events committee member, but is also the facilitator of no less than 5!! KSP writing groups including a brand new group for Autistic authors.


Our other nominees this year were: Mardi May, Shannon Coyle, Elizabeth Lewis, Gavin Holt, Jane Wallis, and Robert Perks.


I must say a special thank you to our wine sponsor Patrick Bertola of Lion Mill Vineyards for his generosity. Because of his annual donations, we are able to giveaway wine as gifts to our team and also offer a delicious complimentary tipple to guests at all of our sundowners. 


It really is a team effort to make all of this magic happen at KSP and I’m indebted to everyone who has shown me the ropes and welcomed me this year. You’re all doing a fabulous job to make Katharine’s place the warm, welcoming and inspiring community that it is.


I look forward to doing it all again in 2019!



The 2018 KSP Team in Alphabetical Order:

  • Clive Aldridge                       Public Fund Trustee

  • John Beaton                           Scriptwriters Group Facilitator

  • Tabetha Beggs                       Lavender Donor: Ghost Story Comp sponsor

  • Brenda Berrisford                  Librarian

  • Patrick Bertola                       Wine Partner (Lion Mill Vineyards)

  • Susan Braghieri                     KSP residents networking events team

  • David Caddy                         LitCom member

  • Chelsea Cook                        KSP and Wild Weeds Press intern

  • Shannon Coyle          - Director, Newsletter Editor, Book-Keeper, Events team

  • Fay Dease                              Administration and Competitions Secretary

  • Brian Dibble                          LitCom member

  • Valerie Everett           - Board Member, Hugo Award Coordinator, Events team

  • Sam Gray                               All-around helper and fixer

  • Valerie Goodreid                  Wild Weeds Press team

  • Ben Ivison                              Board member, Wild Weeds Press and Events team

  • Renee Hammond                  Home-schoolers and Scribe Tribe Tutor

  • Nathan Hobby                       LitCom, Newsletter Columnist, KSP Advisor

  • Zoe Hoffman                         Wild Weeds Press intern

  • Lisa Holt                    - Board member, Events Team, Facilitator of: Writers Circle, Autistic Authors Alliance, Room to Write, Scriptwriters, FiSH group

  • Gavin Holt                             Events helper and caterer

  • Holt Daughters                     Spooky Stories Night helpers

  • Ben Ivison                              Events Team, Board member, Wild Weeds Press

  • Michael Kyd                          Board member

  • Bill Leadbetter                       Rose Donor

  • Elizabeth Lewis                     Chairperson, Administration, Events team

  • Sheree Lewis                          House-keeper

  • Eris Macdonald                    Tour Guide

  • Jennifer Mapleson                KSP residents networking events coordinator

  • Juliet Marillier                       LitCom member

  • Shey Marque                         Hospital Poets Coordinator

  • Mardi May                - LitCom Coordinator, Past Tense and Poetry groups facilitator, Board member, Events team, Hospital Poets committee member

  • Phil Mayne                            Thursday Night Group Facilitator

  • Denis McLeod                      Public Fund Trustee

  • Rashida Murphy                   LitCom, Lavender Donor: CALD fellowship sponsor

  • Catherine Noske                   Publicity (Westerly)

  • Agnes O’Kane                       Tour Guide

  • Melissa O’Shea                     LitCom

  • Fern Pendragon                    Landscape Committee Coordinator, Events Team

  • Bob Perks                               Treasurer, Public Fund Trustee

  • Glen Phillips                          KSP Patron and LitCom member

  • Guy Salvidge                         LitCom member, Press Club facilitator

  • Peta Shaw                              Lavender Donor: Piano Tuning Sponsor

  • Holden Sheppard                  Workshop facilitator and festival stall helper

  • Bec Sheedy                             Events committee member

  • Flora Smith                           Lavender Donor: Poetry Award Sponsor

  • Laurie Steed                          First Edition Retreat facilitator

  • Douglas Sutherland-Bruce   Publicity (Swan Magazine) and 2019 play advisor

  • Nicole Taylor                        Avon Valley Writers group facilitator

  • Melinda Tognini                   LitCom member, Press Club facilitator

  • Wence Vahala                       Non-Fiction Group Facilitator

  • Ashley Valli                            Office administration/film editing

  • Maggie Van Putten               Hospital Poets committee member

  • Rose Van Son                                    Hospital Poets committee member

  • Jane Wallis                            Writefree Women’s Group Facilitator

  • Lisa Wolstenholme   - Secretary, Administration, Wild Weeds Press, Events team

  • Mark & Annabel Wolstenholme     Events helpers, Open Day Harry Potter stall

  • Carolyn Wren                       Ghost Story comp judge and youth tutor substitute

  • Jaimi Wright                         Landscape committee member












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