A luminary of the housing industry was recognised at the recent HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards ceremony held at Crown Perth
Jason Windows Director, HIA Charitable Foundation Chair, former HIA National President and former Western Australian Region President Ron Dwyer was awarded the Sir Phillip Lynch Award of Excellence.
The Sir Phillip Lynch award recognises outstanding individuals who have provided innovative and valuable contributions to the housing industry and who demonstrate unfailing integrity and an exemplary attitude of excellence.
After starting out in the plastering trade, Mr Dwyer joined Jason Windows in 1983. Rising through the ranks of the WA-based aluminium glass window and door manufacturer, he led Jason Windows for a number of years before stepping into a director's role in 2010.
Since joining HIA with Jason Windows, Mr Dwyer has worked tirelessly to support HIA members, being elected to the WA/Asia Region Executive in 1993 and being heavily involved in the review of the Home Building Contracts Act WA in 1994.
In 1999 Mr Dwyer was elected President of HIA WA and provided extensive, hands-on support to members during a period of enormous change brought on by the introduction of the GST.
Mr Dwyer's commitment to the industry continued at a national level, appointed to the HIA board in 2001 and serving as National President from 2013 to 2015.
During that time, Mr Dwyer was instrumental in establishing the HIA Charitable Foundation. The foundation has supported those in the industry affected by asbestosis, and recently turned support toward Beyond Blue to tackle the nation-wide condition that affects one in four people in the residential construction industry: depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Mr Dwyer continues to bring industry participants together as Chair of the foundation, playing a central role in developing and delivering the first HIA Charity Home which, with the support of the Western Australian industry, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support mental health.
Over the last four years the HIA Charitable Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million and, with Beyond Blue, is working to give people the confidence to support those around them and make anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations.
A humble awardee on the night, Mr Dwyer never did any of it for the recognition, demonstrated through his unwavering contribution to both the WA and national housing industry.
The housing industry has been grateful to have such great leadership and enthusiasm from an ever-giving volunteer who encourages and supports so many others.
About the Author
Cath Hart is the Executive Director - Housing Industry Association WA. HIA is the peak industry association for residential construction and development industry in Western Australia.