The Jan Pentland Memorial Award is an annual honour, recognising a member of the FCVic who has worked in the service to the wider community. 

The Jan Pentland Memorial Award

The Jan Pentland Memorial Award is an annual honour, recognising a member of FCVic who has worked in service to the wider community. The award is named after one of our esteemed Life Members.

Jan worked tirelessly for many years to promote the cause of financial counselling in Victoria and throughout Australia. She was Chair of the national peak, AFCCRA (now Financial Counselling Australia, FCA). Her advocacy led to AFFCRA being funded for the first time in 2009.

Jan passed away in 2009, but she continues to be an inspiration to our sector.


2019 – Sandra Blake

2018 – Jo Parkin

2017 – Lisa Garlick

2016 – Mona Mrad

2015 – Maria Turnbull

2014 – Jill Com and Jenny Elvey

2013 – Rhonda Mahoney

2012 – John Mumford

2011 – Ken Slatter

2010 – Barry White


During her lifetime, Jan was an active member of both the state and national financial counselling peak bodies – serving on almost every working group and committee of our organisation and spending many years on the AFCCRA council, including several years as Chairperson.

Her passion and determination for social justice were infectious and influential.

In June 2014, the Devil’s Advocate published an interview with David Morawetz, Jan’s partner. Jan’s informative contributions to the Devil’s Advocate were a highlight for many years. We thank David for his time providing this interview.

Jan Pentland was a long-serving financial counsellor, and life-long advocate.

Nomination Process

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Nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Jan Pentland Memorial Award.


The award is for an individual member of FCVic who has demonstrated excellence in financial counselling service to the wider community* above and beyond their normal duties as a financial counsellor.

Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the welfare of the wider community in some way while working as a financial counsellor.
  • Providing financial counselling input to a community development activity
  • Helping a community recover from a natural disaster
*For the purposes of this award, ‘community’ is defined as either geographic community/local area, broader geographic community/Victoria/Australia/Internationally or community of identity or purpose regardless of location. For example indigenous community, women, youth, people affected by family violence, asylum seekers etc.


  • Provide a summary of why you think your colleague would be a worthy recipient of the award.
  • Make sure you address the criteria, for example, by outlining how the nominee has helped their community over and above their job description as a financial counsellor.
  • Although you don’t have to tell the nominee that you’re nominating them, we encourage you to do so. This is to ensure that the person you intend to nominate accepts the nomination.
  • The nominated person doesn’t have to be present at the awards presentation in order to win. The award can be accepted on their behalf. (It’s up to the nominator to arrange this beforehand.)
  • Nominators may attach additional pages and supporting materials to the nomination form.
  • The board will be looking for examples which demonstrate outcomes that exceed expectations for a financial counsellor that is relatively new to the sector.
  • Once a decision is made no further correspondence will entered into as to how it was arrived at.


30 September 2020


The award is presented at the annual FCVic Conference Dinner

Financial Counselling Victoria thanks David Morawetz for his generous support of this award.