Valmont Wilson; Mark Wilson; 2000 July; LT 6012

From

City of Greater Dandenong

Name/Title

Valmont Wilson

About this object

Black and white portrait photograph mounted on 20mm foamcore with black laminate edges.

Living Treasures was a local project where people who have made a lasting impact on the quality and nature of life for all of the City of Greater Dandenong community were named and honoured.
City Of Greater Dandenong Living Treasures

Maker

Mark Wilson

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

2000 July

Medium and Materials

Black and white

Measurements

60.0 cm x 50.0 cm

Subject and Association Description

Valmont David Wilson

Val was born in Boort on the 20th of December 1931. He was the eldest of seven children, born to David and Julienne Wilson. Val’s father emigrated from a coal-mining town in Scotland and settled on a mixed farm in the Mallee, in the 1930’s. During World War Two, Val and his family moved to Springvale, to join his grandparent’s on a market garden. At eleven, he went to Springvale State School, followed by nearly five years at Dandenong High School.

Leaving school at sixteen, Val went to work for the Dandenong State Electricity Commission. In 1956, Val married Norma and they had two children. He spent nearly twenty-five years in Dandenong before he was promoted to the head office in Melbourne, to work in customer service. He retired after almost forty years working with the Commission. At fifty-five, Val chose to volunteer his services to the community. “I felt that God had things that he would like me to do, which if I had the time I could do.”

When he left work, Val’s local Churches, the Churches of Christ was looking for an Elder, to support the minister and help with the spiritual needs of the congregation. He was then asked to become the Treasurer for the Churcheses of Christ Overseas Mission. Eleven years ago, Sandown Park Kindergarten was in need of a Treasurer; Val accepted this role, which he still holds. He works with the Southern Cross and the H.L. Williams Court aged care facilities, “as an honorary chaplain.” In his chaplaincy he conducts Ecumenical services, memorial services and hospital visitations for the elderly residents.

Every Tuesday since his retirement, he and Norma run a playgroup in the Churches hall for over forty pre-school children. This provides a meeting place for parents and grandparents from many different nationalities. It is Val’s strong faith, which has supported his voluntary works for the City of Greater Dandenong. While many people retire and see this as an ending, Val saw retirement as a new beginning, an opportunity to help others who were less fortunate. It is the quiet dedication of people like Val, which supports the fabric of our community.

Collection

Living Treasures Collection

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

LT 6012

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