Dawn Wilkinson has committed every Sunday for the last 16 years to the St Monica’s Impact Group in Flixton, Manchester. She has helped enable hundreds of young people from the primary school to stay connected to the parish and to their primary friends, as well as walk a journey of faith and action together. The first generation of this young group are now well into their twenties and still think fondly of their time in the group.
As well as accompanying the young people Dawn has been an active member of St Monica’s parish. She established a mother and toddler group which she ran for over 10 years, accompanying young families and helping them to feel fully welcome and part of the parish community. She has been part of the parish forum group which has reached out to parishioners in the local area, visiting them at home and inviting them to church events. She also helped her parish to become the first community to sponsor a family to come from Syria and settle in the UK.
Dawn always puts the needs of the community before her own and does everything she can to make a positive impact to the world and parish around her. Dawn is also a loving mum to three grown up children who recognise and appreciate all her efforts to her local community.
Her nominator said “Dawn has never received any recognition for anything she has done and always works quietly but ever so hard to make sure that the parish community are truly supported at every level. She doesn’t shout about, or seek affirmation for, the time and effort she puts in, which is why it is even more important now, after so many years of services, that she is recognised. Dawn is one of the key reasons why the Impact group has been so successful as the young people have had an extremely committed, kind and hardworking example to follow. Dawn is a true witness of the gospel and the young people around her see that.”
Dawn Wilkinson, 41
St Monica’s Parish, Flixton (Diocese of Salford)