Steve Morris’ dedication to the community has been recognised, with the second-year Tiger winning the David Mandie Community Award at the 2013 Jack Dyer Medal event.

In 2013, Morris provided outstanding support to the Club’s charity partner, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, an organisation which keeps children safe from violence and delivers bully prevention programs in more than 1000 schools throughout Australia.

Morris worked closely with the foundation to engage schools, educate students on developing resilience, and build awareness around bullying. He has also been involved in developing online resources for the foundation which are used by hundreds of schools, as part of the Better Buddies program.

Morris also dedicated his time to the Korin Gamadji Institute, to deliver programs which develop leadership amongst Indigenous youth. He worked with more than 100 emerging Aboriginal leaders, both in Melbourne and Alice Springs.

Away from the Club, Morris spent his time in schools presenting to students throughout Melbourne on resilience, and the importance of having a positive attitude.

The criterion for the David Mandie Community Award includes:

  • Contributions to both Club community partners and other community-based organisations.
  • Shows compassion and empathy towards disadvantaged and underprivileged people.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn about different community groups, including Indigenous and multicultural.
  • Shows integrity and leadership throughout the Club and community.