The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has honoured one of the industry’s greatest contributors with one of its highest accolades at the VTA President’s Dinner at Melbourne’s Atheneum Club.
Former Kalari managing director and long-time VTA Executive Council member Peter O’Shannessy, was presented with the W.F.D Chalmers Award, in recognition of his many years of outstanding service. CMV Truck & Bus and Volvo Group Australia sponsored the dinner.
“The W.F.D Chalmers Award was instituted by the VTA in memory of Daryl Chalmers, who was a member of the Executive Council for over 40 years,” says VTA CEO Peter Anderson.
“The Award is presented annually to recognise individuals that have supported and worked with the Association over many years, with dedication, loyalty, and commitment to its existence and longevity.
“We were thrilled to have Daryl’s son Gary Chalmers at the dinner to make the presentation to Peter, along with numerous past winners of the award.”
Peter Anderson says Peter O’Shannessy has served on the VTA Executive Committee since 2015 and has provided much-valued counsel on a range of issues.
“As a member of the Finance Committee for many years, Peter’s advice during some turbulent economic times has been greatly appreciated. Away from the Association, Peter has led Kalari Group as managing director, and with Swire’s Group’s recent divestment of those businesses to Qube, Peter has moved into other roles within Swire – and expects to spend more time with his second love in life being his farm and cattle.”
VTA President Mike Lean echoed Peter Anderson’s remarks and extended his thanks and appreciation to Peter for his decades of service to the VTA and broader industry.
Lean also used the occasion to reflect on some of the issues and achievements of the Association over the past year.
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