A chief highlight of the glamorous Honeybees Christmas Party is the annual presentation of the Mary Lou Shield. Awarded at the discretion of the previous year’s winner, the shield honours all manner of achievement, be it outstanding performance, behind the scenes support, or just plain niceness.

It's a light-hearted tribute to Mary Lou Sheil, a person who was, and remains, an important part of our group. During her time with us, Mary Lou was facing the challenges of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and we shared the highs and lows of that journey. A most accomplished woman, Mary Lou was also rather fond of goofy jokes. Somewhere she is sure to be smiling over the dopey pun that keeps her name on our lips. And most certainly she would approve of the award's encouraging spirit.

Previous winners:

2016   Mike Johnson

Bern receives the much covetted award from Musical Director, Steve Clarke
                                                                    2015    Bern Cogin
Musical Director, Steve and the entire Clarke family - December 2014
                      2014    Stephen Clarke
Richard receiving the Mary Lou Shield from Julie - December 2013

2013    Richard Bell


2012    Julie King


2011    Jennie Lin


Trish Lane  - December 2010

2010   Trish Lane

2009   Francine Paton

2008   Jerry Phillipson

2007   Kevin Tanner

2006   Jenny Petroni

2005   Valerie King

Maria & Richard receiving The Mary Lou Shield from Rico - December 2004

2004   Sue Carey, Maria Fischer & Richard Wilson

2003   Rico Allen

2002   Peter King

2001   Emm Hallett

2000   Jenny Jackson-Nylund