We're extremely proud to announce that MCC President FM Grant Szuveges has been recognised by Latrobe University for his volunteer work in Melbourne over the last 5 years.
Grant has been awarded the 2013 Pauline Toner Award ($1000) and the 2013 Harvey Naghten Award ($500) for his work with the Melbourne Chess Club and The Melbourne Zoo, whilst maintaining exemplary academic results and taking care of a young family.
Since taking over in 2009, Grant's unwavering commitment has transformed the Melbourne Chess Club and united an energetic committee behind him. His vision, energy and endurance have revitalised the club and on behalf of the chess community at large we would like to offer him our thanks and congratulations.
Grant had the following to say:
"I feel very proud to have won these awards for my work as MCC President and my volunteer work at Melbourne Zoo. The money is great but it also just feels really nice to have my contribution recognised. It just goes to show, that universities are prepared to give out these awards for people who do voluntary work. So if you do give some of your time to help your chess club (or any other organisation) and you study at a university, then apply or get someone to nominate you for these types of awards - someone has to win them and it would be great if more chess players did!"
You can mail your personal congratulations to Grant at email@example.com, or leave him a message here.
Paul Cavezza on behalf of the Melbourne Chess Club Committee.