An electrical mechanic by profession, Charles (Chas) Cook has dedicated most of his life to helping young apprentices and trainees to realise their full potential. He became the founding chairman and coordinator of the Canberra Regional Committee of the Work Skill Australia Foundation in 1982 and continued in this role until 1992.
He was instrumental in establishing the Canberra Regional Competitions of Work Skill
and responsible for its growth from eight trade categories to twenty-eight, and
encompassing both the various designated Skill Olympic categories and
demonstration trades. Australia
Chas moved to
from Yass in 1962, in part, so that that his daughter could attend school. A
foundation parent, member and representative of the Canberra Opportunity for
Deaf Children’s Parents Group, he played an important part in this voluntary
organisation’s role in supporting a new experiment in deaf education in Canberra , the
integration of deaf students into mainstream schools. Australia
Throughout his many years in the ACT Chas Cook has made an outstanding contribution to our community.
Chas Cook was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2000 for his work with Workskills Australia in encouraging apprentices to showcase their work.
Further biographical detail about Chas Cook is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.