Congratulations to Ferny Creek resident Sam Jackel, who was presented with the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2014 Victoria award. The Barnardos Mother of the Year is the largest and most recognised of the national awards celebrating motherhood. I will read from the citation:
- … Sam, as her friends and family know her, is a 45-year-old mother of five teenage kids aged 14-18 years and has been like a mum to Beverley, 35 years old. Sam and her husband took Beverley, a teenager at the time, into their home when they had four children all under the age of three. Without the love and kindness from Sam, Beverley would have been forced to live on the streets. Beverley is the first to admit that she wouldn’t be the person she is today without Sam’s guidance, love and support over the years.