The Salome De Decker Award

About Salome De Decker

This award in her name is presented each year to an FOM volunteer who has quietly and positively given time and skills to the Society and who "models" the values to which we all aspire-teamwork, respect, giving freely, growing through service to others. Salome provided the criteria for nominating and selecting each recipient. She respected all volunteerism and recognised that the majority of volunteers work quietly, without seeking status or recognition. The recipients should be FOM volunteers who: have volunteered within FOM for a minimum of 12 months; whose contributions have been valuable in terms of quantity and quality; who have volunteered within the 'spirit' of FOM team work, respecting others, giving freely, growing through volunteering; and volunteers who do not hold key positions in the Society and who do not seek status or recognition at the time the award is presented. She believed each recipient receives the award on their own merit and would represent the many others who contribute in the same way. 

The Artist: Victor Tan

In 2004 Salome was honoured for her volunteer contributions by the National Volunteer Centre. The year she received this honour, a number of the awardees received sculptures created by artist Victor Tan. Salome loved his work and following her death, Victor Tan was invited to design a sculpture inspired by Salome's life. Originally an oil painter, Victor Tan has sculpted with wire since losing his eyesight in his mid-20s. For him, creating sculpture is "about healing, about seeking happiness, about contemplation, about finding meanings in life."

Recipients Of The Salome De Decker Award