Virginia Noonan Award Virginia Noonan Award

Applications are invited for the esteemed Virginia Noonan Award, named after one of our much respected Life Members.

The Virginia Noonan Award

Each year FCRC presents the esteemed Virginia Noonan Award, named after one of our much respected Life Members.

Many current financial counsellors owe much of their knowledge to the pioneering training run by Virginia in the early 90s, long before any tertiary courses existed.


The Virginia Noonan Award is awarded to a full member of FCRC who has demonstrated excellence in service to our profession or their clients over and above their normal duties as a financial counsellor.

Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Successful advocacy and input into a test case to alter policy or legislation in regard to a financial or consumer issue
  • Resolving an extremely complex financial counselling case with far reaching implications, resulting in systemic change
  • Developing and presenting innovative community development/education initiatives
  • Serving on boards or committees in the consumer advocacy space

Past recipients of the Virginia Noonan Award

  • 2019 - Tracey Grinter
  • 2018 - Colin Handreck
  • 2017 - Rachna Bowman
  • 2016 - Donna Letchford
  • 2015 - Ian Liddell
  • 2014 - Garry Rothman


In June 2014, the Devil's Advocate published an interview with Virginia Noonan, now an FCRC life member. We thank her for her time providing this interview. You can read the article, below.

Download Interview

Virginia Noonan Interview

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council thanks Virginia Noonan for her support of this award.

Nomination Process

Nominations are currently closed.


  • 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.

Closing date for nominations



The award is presented at the annual FCRC Conference Dinner