By Maxine Brown
KINROSS man Kenneth (Ken) Beven has won this year’s ANZAC of the Year Award for WA.
The retired Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer – who served aboard the HMAS ANZAC during the Vietnam conflict – has committed himself to the task of supporting Australian Defence Force personnel and ex-service men and women, including their families, in his role as Honorary Secretary of RSLWA’s Ocean Reef Sub-Branch.
The annual ANZAC of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of up to seven Australians who have given service to their fellow Australians, and to the community, in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.
The Awards go to individuals or groups who have demonstrated the spirit of comradeship and selfless service embodied in the tradition of ANZAC.
“This award is thoroughly deserved,’’ says RSLWA CEO John McCourt. ‘’Ken is a fine example of the sort of commitment and passion of our highly valued volunteers, who do so much in support of veterans and their families.’’
Mr Beven, a third-generation ADF member, left home at 15 years of age to join the Royal Australian Navy. Now, at an age when many Australians are slowing down during retirement, Ken does not seem to know the word.
Presented nationally by RSL’s ANZAC Award Committee, the Award includes a certificate, a bronze medallion depicting Gallipoli’s Simpson and his donkey, and a lapel pin.
Mr Beven – who has been the recipient of many awards and honours over the years – will be presented with his ANZAC of the Year Award at RSLWA’s State Congress at Crown Towers on June 15.