Harris Community Scholarship Commitee MEMBERS
Patron of the Harris Community Scholarship Fund and past President from 1990-2015
I've lived in the inner suburbs of Sydney for over 51 years. For 30 years of this time Ive been a resident in Pyrmont.
My working life was in Administration Services with a European Shipping Container Agent for 24 years.
During the mid 1980’s to 1990’s my time here on the Pyrmont Ultimo peninsula I was involved with the many workshops and meetings connected to the redevelopment of the area and conducted walking tours of Pyrmont Ultimo & Haymarket and have seen the changes of Pyrmont & Ultimo take shape today.
It was during the redevelopment time our Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 to commemorate 200 years of first European settlement (Surgeon John Harris 1790) here on the Pyrmont Ultimo peninsula.
I now devote my time to the fund along with my team.
A quote from City of Sydney former City Historian Dr. Shirley Fitzgerald
"This fund is a model of community involvement in encouraging local achievement in education. Its aims are modest but its impact is both in the specific role it plays and in generating a sense of community at the level of the local school."
HCSF President and Public Office
I have a great interest in encouraging youth to develop their talents and complete University or Tertiary education
I first joined the Harris Community Scholarship Fund in 2001 as a teacher and environment officer at TAFE, keen to support year 6 students from Ultimo Public school to achieve their goals, develop leadership skills and engage with their local community
It a real priveldge to help select students for the HCSF and to follow their progress over nine years at High School and University. We are keen to provide work experience for the scholarship holders and encourage their leadership and engagement in their communities.
Vice President HCSF Communications:
Representing Sydney Fish Market (SFM)
Stephanie Williams is the corporate social responsibility & external relations manager for Sydney Fish Market.
Sydney Fish Market became the principal sponsor of the Harris Community Scholarship Fund in 2014 providing financial and operational support under Stephanie’s guidance.
Stephanie moved to Glebe in 2013 and has since fallen for the area’s charm; in particular it’s strong sense of community. As a local resident and worker, Stephanie is committed to giving back to the community and believes that the Harris Community Scholarship Fund is a great initiative to help talented young people achieve their goals.
Michael Lawrence, President Ultimo Public School P&C Committee
Vice President HCSF: Scholarship
Representing Ultimo Public School P & C
Nic Accaria, Principal Ultimo Public School
Member and Chairperson of the HCSF Committee
Previous HCSF Committee Members
PAST HCSF Treasurer 2009-2014
David will be on leave for 2015. Margaret Wood and Cathy Horan to relieve as treasurer. David is a current member of the HCSF and has been in the role of treasurer for the past five years. He has had a long connection with both the Ultimo / Pyrmont community and the scholarship.
After awarding David the scholarship in 1997, we watched and supported David as he progressed from high school to the completion of his combined law degree at university. Now a qualified lawyer, David has been part of the team at the Harris Community Scholarship Fund since 2009. He is an enthusiastic member whose dedication to the HCSF is founded on his belief in giving back to the community.
PAST Vice President : HCSF Scholarship Secretariat 2013-2015
Representing Ultimo Public School P&C Committee:
I have been a resident in the Ultimo / Pyrmont area for the past 10 years and closely associated with Ultimo Public School for 5 years, the last two as President of the Parents’& Citizens Association.
As a member of the Inner City Schools Working Party and Project Reference Group, I have been involved in the discussions for a new school to serve the Ultimo / Pyrmont area.
I am committed to excellence in education and welcome the opportunity to work with the Harris Community Scholarship as they continue their invaluable support of children in their journey through education,and to ensure the continued success and viability of the scholarship.
Past Vice President Grants and funding opportunities 2010-2014:
NSW TAFE Ultimo
I have a teaching background in high schools and TAFE NSW and have been a teacher for over 30 years. My area of expertise is in Social Sciences.
My current role is as a manager in Sydney Institute where I lead a team of teachingsections delivering courses to people who wish to develop their skills to gain employment or attempt further study. Many of our students are accessing 'second chance' education having missed out early in life.
I am committed to helping people achieve their educational goals as I know the value of education and training. The Harris Community Scholarship Fund is a great way of assisting young people to progress through education.I am also willing to offer support as a mentor to young people on scholarships.