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More NSW Volunteers Recognised on International Volunteer Day

2011 State and Regional WinnersThe 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards sought nominations from 19 regions across the State, eight of these in the Sydney Metropolitan area.

There are three main categories open for nomination: Individual, Team and Employee or Corporate Volunteer of the Year. The first two are judged and presented at both Regional and State levels and the later as a State award only. In addition there are two special award categories for Youth and Senior volunteers who stand out in their region.

This year also saw the introduction of the one-off NSW Excellence in Not-For-Profit Management Award to celebrate International Year of the Volunteer +10, and was open to not-for-profit organisations who demonstrated best practice in the management of their volunteers.

The 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony at Parliament House on Monday, 5 December 2011 honoured all of the Regional winners and Corporate and NFP Organisation nominees as well as selecting state winners for each of the above categories and an overall 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year!

Individual Volunteer Regional Winners

The following volunteers have been recognised as the volunteers within their regional who make the greatest impact on their community and the not-for-profit they work for:

Barbara Galvin of Tascott is the 2011 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year. Barbara volunteers with the Central Coast Cancer Transport Action Group (CTAG).

Lithgow's Ian Bennett is the 2011 Central West Volunteer of the Year– this is the second time Ian has been the Central West Volunteer of the Year, first receiving the award in 2009. Ian is the first person in the Award program's history to win the award a second time! Ian has been a dedicated and conscientious team leader and member with the Lithgow & District Volunteer Rescue Squad for over 30 years.

Eleebana's Gae Miller is the 2011 Hunter Volunteer of the Year. Gae has been a dedicated and conscientious volunteer for Breakaway for over 21 years!

Wayne Cavanagh of Shellharbour is the 2011 Illawarra Volunteer of the Year. Wayne has been volunteering with the Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club for 17 years.

Robynne McGinley of North Macksville is the 2011 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year. Robynne has been volunteering with Bowraville Community Technology Centre for over 12 years!

Carol Read of Lavington is the 2011 Murray Volunteer of the Year. Carol has been volunteering with the Greater Hume Shire Council - Community Options for almost five years.

Wally Warner of Tamworth is the 2011 New England Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year. Wally has been coaching children in athletics, football and cricket throughout Tamworth and its surrounds for over 30 years.

Alan Foley of Dunoon is the 2011 Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year. Alan has been coach of Lismore PCYC Judo Club for over 12 years.

Balladoran's Ralph Naden is the 2011 Orana Far West Volunteer of the Year. Ralph created and runs a "camp" for Aboriginal youth which is a place of learning.

Prof Edwin Wolfe of Wagga Wagga is the 2011 Riverina Volunteer of the Year. Professor Wolfe, who is better known as Ted, has volunteered with the Cancer Council NSW since 2007.

Queanbeyan's Jamil Shibli is the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer of the Year. Jamil started the not-for-profit organisation Justice And Governance Inc 10 years ago and continues to run it in a volunteer capacity.

Doug Hawkins of Coogee is the 2011 Sydney City East Volunteer of the Year.Doug has been volunteering with Surf Life Saving (SLSC) – Coogee and Sydney Branch for over ten years giving over 600 hours per year.

Gary Pestana of Winton Hills is the 2011 Sydney Hornsby North West Volunteer. Gary volunteers with the Youth Off The Streets Food Van in Sydney, serving food and drinks to people in need.

Jeremy Heathcote of West Ryde is the 2011 Sydney North Volunteer of the Year. Jeremy has been a volunteer member of the Babana Men's Group since it was founded in Redfern in October 2006.

Stephen (Niall) King of Strathfield South is the 2011 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year. Niall has been a member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield for 18 years as well as volunteering with the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation and the MS Society.

Ziad El-Daoud of Bass Hill is the 2011 Sydney Mid West Volunteer of the Year. Ziad volunteers with the 5th Bankstown ICPA Scout Group where he promotes harmony between youth in the Bankstown area.

Cabramatta West's Stan Walden is the 2011 Sydney Outer West Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year. Stan initiated and implemented the Bonnyrigg High School St Johns Ambulance Cadet Division.

Denise Bockett of Bonnet Bay is the 2011 Sydney South Volunteer of the Year. Denise has volunteered at Cancer Council NSW for the last 10 years.

Janet Davies of Currans Hill is the 2011 Sydney South West Macarthur Volunteer of the Year. Janet has volunteered with the South Western Regional Tenants Association (SWRTA) for more than 24 years.

Youth Volunteer Regional Winners

The Youth Volunteer of the Year Award is given at the judges' discretion to stand-out volunteers within a region and is awarded to volunteers aged 15-25. This year there were ten outstanding Regional Youth Volunteers of the Year:

Christopher Vollmer of Gillieston Heights is the 2011 Hunter Youth Volunteer of the Year for his volunteer work with Cancer Council NSW Relay For Life Maitland for seven years.

Jedd Goggin of Bonny Hills is the 2011 Mid North Coast Youth Volunteer of the Year for his volunteer work with Surf Life Saving NSW for the past 11 years.

The 2011 New England Northern Inland Youth Volunteer of the Year is Gabrielle  Bower of Tamworth. Gabrielle volunteers withRonald McDonald House, the Tamworth Cat and Dog Refuge, the Starlight Foundation, the Paralympic Committee and many other community groups for whom she organises charity events and fundraisers.

Hayden Zammit of Broken Hill is the 2011 Orana Far West Youth Volunteer of the Year. This is the second time Hayden has been recognised – in 2009 he is the 2009 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year. Hayden had been a voluntary fundraiser for Northern NSW Camp and NSW Cancer Council raising thousands of dollars for these groups.

The 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Youth Volunteer of the Year is Anthony Bellette of Batemans Bay who has been volunteering as a Surf Lifesaver with Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club for over 5 years.

The 2011 Sydney City East Youth Volunteer of the Year is Loki Ball of Broadway for his outstanding work with a range of community, youth and education organisations. Typically, Loki volunteers between 38 and 42 hours per week, whilst studying part time.

The 2011 Sydney Hornsby North West Youth Volunteer of the Year is Taylor Page of Winston Hills. Taylor has been volunteering with St John Ambulance for nine years and Scouts Australia - 2nd Baulkham Hills for 3 years.

The 2011 Sydney North Youth Volunteer of the Year is Joy Ho. Joy volunteers with Red Cross Community Visitors Scheme where she spends quality time with a person living in a Nursing Home.

Mohit Tolani of Strathfield South is the 2011 Sydney Inner West Youth Volunteer of the Year. He volunteers with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience,  the Australian League of Immigration Volunteers, the Institute for Advancing Community Engagement, the Multicultural Youth Network, and  the Eastern Suburbs Rotaract Club to name a few.

Joseph Anzini of Merrylands West is the 2011 Sydney Mid West Youth Volunteer of the Year. He has volunteered with St John Ambulance Australia for 2 years.

Senior Volunteer Regional Winners

The Senior Volunteer of the Year Award is given at the judges' discretion to stand out volunteers within a region. The Senior Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to volunteers aged 60 plus. This year there were 16 outstanding Regional Senior Volunteers of the Year:

The 2011 Central Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year is Margaret Hardy of Saratoga who has volunteered with the Central Coast Art Society for the past 37 years as well as innumerable hours with another ten organisations each week.

William Sell of Sofala is the 2011 Central West Senior Volunteer of the Year. He has served as a voluntary member of the Henbury Golf Club's Board of Directors for over 10 years, volunteering over 700 hours per year.

Thornton's Warren Cohen is the 2011 Hunter Senior Volunteer of the Year for his volunteer work with Riding for the Disabled Association over the past 17 years.

The 2011 Illawarra Senior Volunteer of the Year is Julie Davis of Woonona. Julie has volunteered with Cancer Council at the Wollongong office since 1996.

Lauirton's Arthur ‘George' Tedds is the 2011 Mid North Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year. He has volunteered with Marine Rescue Camden Haven for many years, currently volunteering more than 40 hours per week!

The 2011 New England Northern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year Award is Poppy Pickering of Mungindi. Poppy volunteers with the Mungindi Community & Technology Centre.

The 2011 Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year is Doug Hooson, aged 86, of Grafton who has been volunteering with Meals On Wheels for the past 21 years.

Glad Eldridge of Nyngan is the 2011 Orana Far West Senior Volunteer of the Year. Glad has been volunteering with the Nyngam Museum for over 17 years.

The 2011 Riverina Senior Volunteer of the Year is Lindsay Frater of Temora. He has a His long association with the Temora Rotary Club, and Lodge Temora, where he has dedicated countless hours to a myriad of charity projects and activities. He has had a long association as a local champion for CanAssist.

The 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year is Yvonne Robinson of North Narooma. Yvonne has volunteeredat IRT Dalmeny Care Centre for 10 years.

The 2011 Sydney North Senior Volunteer of the Year is Dr Howard Ralph. Retired, Howard gives all of his time to treating wildlife. Howard never rejects any creature, wild or tame, in need and funds this work himself.

The 2011 Sydney Inner West Senior Volunteer of the Year is Margaret Jones of Birchgrove. She has volunteered with Redfern Legal Centre for 34 years. Margaret started volunteering there when the Centre opened in the late 1970s.

The 2011 Sydney Mid West Senior Volunteer of the Year is Yvonne (Bonnie) Milton of North Greystanes. Bonnie is a volunteer driver/runner with Holroyd Community Food Services, volunteering 15 hours every week.

Marlene McDonald of Penrith is the 2011 Sydney Outer West Blue Mountains Senior Volunteer of the Year. Marlenevisits Palliative Care Patients in Nepean Hospital to provide support to palliative care patients and their families at a very difficult time.

The 2011 Sydney South Senior Volunteer of the Year is Melvina Khoury of Blakehurst. Melvina has been a volunteer with St George Community Services for more than five years.

Jenny Frankum of Orangeville is the 2011 Sydney South West Macarthur Senior Volunteer of the Year. Jenny has been volunteering 15 hours per week for more than 40 years with the Pony Club Association of NSW.

Volunteer Team Regional Winners

The Volunteer Team of the Year Award is judged and presented at a region level. The category is open to any group of volunteers working together on a common project or towards a common goal within a community group or not-for-profit organisation:

The Lifeline Central Coast NSW Training Team is the 2011 Central Coast Volunteer Team of the Year. The team's main tasks are to recruit, facilitate, coach, support and supervise approximately 30-40 new Volunteer Telephone Counsellors every year.

Lithgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre Volunteer Team is the 2011 Central West Volunteer Team of the Year. The team's 57 volunteers work across all areas of the Centre including meal delivery, companionship, community lunch, garden assistance, mowing, shopping, reception, social outings and the active linking initiative as well as on the Board of Directors.

Newcastle's Samaritans Friendship House's two volunteer coordinators and nine volunteer members are this year's very deserving winner of the 2011 Hunter Volunteer Team of the Year Award for assisting the House's four week accommodation and support program for men exiting prison.

The SCARF Learner 2 Provisional Driver Program is the 2011 Illawarra Volunteer Team of the Year. The program was initiated in late 2009 to meet the expressed need of the Illawarra refugee community to gain their driving – enhancing employment prospects and enabling their families to participate in a wider range of community, sporting, religious and cultural activities.

The Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) Volunteer Team's 226 volunteers were named this year's very deserving winner of the 2011 Mid North Coast Volunteer Team of the Year. CCA's team of volunteers work tirelessly, continually showing their dedication and commitment. The volunteer program has been running for over 30 years – one of the original volunteers is still volunteering today!

The Carevan Volunteer Team is the 2011 Murray Volunteer of the Year. The Carevan Foundation Teams have been providing services to assist the homeless, the disadvantaged and the young people in need since May 2010. They now feed over 200 members of the community on a weekly basis.

The Tambar Springs SES Volunteer Team is the 2011 New England Northern Inland Volunteer Team of the Year Award. The SES Tambar Springs Unit is a small unit that provides invaluable lifesaving support to their community and services the Villages of Tambar Springs, Premer, Mullaley and the large surrounding rural area of over 5000 square kilometres with a total estimated population of 1000.

The Lismore Vinnies Youth Volunteer Team is the 2011 Northern Rivers Volunteer Team of the Year. The members of the team are aged between 18 and 24 and are either in University, in full-time employment or studying the HSC. The team volunteers with St Vincent de Paul Society in camps and days out for children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

As the2011 Orana Far West Volunteer Team of the Year, 2WAR FM draws on volunteers from Gilgandra and Dubbo to provide an essential information service to the community. Operating five days a week, for fifteen to twenty hours per day, the station is manned by twenty-five volunteers.

The 2AAA-FM Volunteer Team is the 2011 Riverina Volunteer Team of the Year. The 2AAA-FM team members provide their time and skills to keep the station broadcasting 24 hours a day and manned 18 hours a day. The team members are not just presenters. Some are also involved in technical repairs, administration, program development, production and a wide range of other duties.

The Community Wellbeing Volunteer Team is the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer Team of the Year. The Team works across a range of volunteering roles, as drivers with community transport, as volunteer helpers for people with a disability and/or frail older people, helping them to participate in day care groups, go on outings and shopping and attend appointments.

The Country Care Link Volunteer Team is the 2011 Sydney City East Volunteer Team of the Year. Country Care Link provides support and transport to country people visiting Sydney for medical purposes. Outreach volunteers make the experience of coming from country areas of NSW to the city a less traumatic, more personal one by providing a volunteer driver to meet country people in Sydney at either the airport, train station or bus terminal, and transport them to their medical appointments and/or accommodation.

TAD Disability Services Computer Support Service Volunteer Team is the 2011 Sydney Hornsby North West Volunteer Team of the Year. The Computer Support Service team operates one part of work of TAD Disability Services. They collect computers discarded from businesses, load them with software and supply them to people with a disability at a low cost which covers material overheads. If necessary, computers are delivered and installed.

The Crows Nest Centre's Linen Service is the 2011 Sydney North Volunteer Team of the Year. The Linen Service is provided to frail older people and younger people with a disability, living in the North Sydney and Mosman Local Government areas. Its clients are increasingly frail and the effort involved in stripping, remaking and washing linen is an onerous task, requiring considerable effort.

Touched by Olivia Foundation's Butterfly Ball Committee is the 2011 Sydney Inner West Volunteer Team of the Year. The Touched by Olivia Foundation has held five "Butterfly Ball's" with the funds going to a research fellowship to find better treatment, and possibly a cure for Vascular Birthmarks in infants. Almost $700,000 has gone to the Sydney Children's hospital. This effort would not be possible without a dedicated team of professionals passionate about the cause, volunteering hundreds of hours and using all their personal relationships to make the Butterfly Ball's a success.

The Deafblind Associations' Office Team is the 2011 Sydney Mid West Volunteer Team of the Year. The team has come together at Vision Australia every Friday since 2002, plus whenever there is work needed. They do all the business for DeafBlind Association (NSW), providing social outings, advocacy, craft and providing a monthly newsletter in Braille and different sizes of large print. The team is special because it consists of the Deafblind secretary and treasurer, plus two elderly volunteers.

The CALD Social Support Volunteer Team was named the 2011 Sydney Outer West Blue Mountains Volunteer Team of the Year. CALD Social Support team is offering a valuable service to the community by supporting the frail, aged and people with a disability to minimise their admission into full time residential care facilities by providing friendly, bilingual volunteer support worker.

The Sutherland Early Support Service, Home Visitors Team is the 2011 Sydney South Volunteer Team of the Year. The Early Intervention Volunteer home visiting program supports mothers with new babies. Trained volunteers are carefully selected and supervised by the coordinators to visit families in their own homes. They provide targeted support to mothers with identified vulnerabilities in the antenatal and postnatal period.

The Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) Volunteer Team is the 2011 Sydney South West Macarthur Volunteer Team of the Year. The team is made up of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The team provide services such as unbiased telephone guidance and advice to families and service providers, a range of support groups in different languages and local government areas, individual advocacy, workshops, seminars and information days, Government lobbying, a sensory/therapy garden, toy library and resource/book library.

Corporate Volunteer Nominees

Two outstanding volunteers were nominated for the 2011 NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award which recognises volunteers who are sponsored by their employers and released from employment to carry out volunteer activities:

Rebecca Yuen of Strathfield, who is employed by ING Direct, was nominated for her role as a mentor in the Cerebral Palsy Alliance's Ignition Mentoring Program – a program where corporate employees volunteer their time after work once a fortnight to listen and guide a young person, aged 14-16 years of age, with cerebral palsy.

Richard High of St Ives Chase, who is employed by One - Path ANZ Wealth, was nominated for his volunteer work with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Richard has been involved in a number of programs in a volunteer capacity with Cerebral Palsy Alliance over the last 10 years.


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