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Wollongong recognises local volunteers in South Coast Southern Inland Ceremony

Wednesday, 2 November 2011 | The Centre for Volunteering

Volunteers from the South Coast have gathered for the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony co-hosted by The Centre for Volunteering and Volunteering Illawarra.
Jamil Shibli of Queanbeyan has been named the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community during a ceremony held in Wollongong on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.
The annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Award program recognises the efforts and achievements of the State’s millions of volunteers.
Jamil was recognised for his 10 year commitment to Justice And Governance Inc.

Jamil Shibli has organized many community events, established community organizations and is relentlessly serving the community. His efforts to assist the disadvantaged, underprivileged and oppressed people have been exceptional. His greatest achievement is founding the advocacy and welfare organization Justice And Governance Inc.

He coordinates various advocacy and welfare services, takes the disadvantaged people to NSW's Courts and organises the Court Support scheme for applicants and victims, so that they can be properly represented by the Pro Bono Legal Advisers.
He also helps to resolve diverse ranges of disputes of People with the Government institutions by duly approaching the Ombudsman or those concerned individuals involved in Dispute resolutions processes and Public Policy making.
Jamil is now in the running to win the prestigious 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year award, with the winner to be announced by the Hon. Victor Dominello, Citizenship and Communities Minister, at the State Award ceremony on Monday, 5 December 2011 at Parliament House Sydney.
Event co-host, Volunteering Illawarra’s Paul Kaiserfeld, said that the event was very rewarding. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of local communities and are not recognised as often as they should be for their valuable, selfless commitment,” he said.
Jamil will receive a $300 donation for Justice And Governance Inc to help it continue its outstanding work.
The Centre for Volunteering’s NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Manager, Kristin Romanis, said the quality and quantity of nominations received for the South Coast Southern Inland region was outstanding.
"The South Coast Southern Inland Region's nominees were of an exceptional standard but the judges felt that Jamil’s tireless dedication to Justice And Governance was a standout," Kristin said.
Other Award winners announced at the ceremony are Anthony Bellette (2011 South Coast Southern Inland Youth Volunteer of the Year), Yvonne Robinson (2011 South Coast Southern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year) and the Community Wellbeing Volunteer Team (2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer Team of the Year): all have received a $200 donation for their organisation.
The 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Youth Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Anthony Bellette of Batemans Bay who has been volunteering with Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club for over 5 years. Anthony is a volunteer Surf Lifesaver. He is an integral part of the Batemans Bay SLS Club and spends every spare minute of his existence at the Club and on the beach. He is a patrolling member giving over 150 hours this summer (the average is 26 hours) and is a member of the emergency call out team. During the winter months Anthony spends an equal amount of time at the beach, maintaining club equipment and training to upgrade his skills. As a teenager the biggest barrier that Anthony has had to face is the older generation of SLS who do not think a kid is capable of doing the job that he has put his hand up for. His dedication to being the best possible lifesaver that he can be has won them over.
The 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Yvonne Robinson of North Narooma for volunteering at IRT Dalmeny Care Centre for 10 years. In that time she has made an invaluable contribution to the welfare of the residents. On commencement of her volunteer work at IRT Dalmeny, Yvonne worked in the onsite shop and served on the Care Centre Auxiliary. Yvonne was instrumental in setting up the Pets as Therapy Program; she had been an active member of the Animal Welfare League for many years and was well placed to provide the specialist knowledge required. Yvonne's role has diversified over the years and she now also attends the Care Centre on a fortnightly basis to play the organ for our much appreciative residents. Her visits are always much anticipated and her recitals are very well attended. Yvonne is also busy in her 'off week' volunteering for other aged care providers in the local area. Yvonne is a member of the Organ Club, practices Tai Chi, is Vice President and Liaison Officer for the Animal Welfare League, is a qualified dog trainer and even offers dog training classes.
The Community Wellbeing Volunteer Team was named the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Volunteer Team of the Year. Eurobodalla Shire’s Community Wellbeing Volunteer Team work 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 (e.g. dinner, movies), go shopping and attend appointments. A team of our volunteers assist at the Youth Cafes, helping young people enjoy social activities and learn life skills (e.g. cooking). A team of the volunteers help with art and cultural activities, helping to put on exhibitions and events enjoyed by the whole community. Another team have received specialist training to become 'buddies' for people experiencing grief and loss, providing on-going support through a difficult life experience. Many of the volunteers participate in a number of volunteering roles within the wider team and a high number have been volunteers for years, giving generously of their time and expertise.
The outstanding commitment of the following individual was recognised by the judges:
  • Lesley Riley of Queanbeyan was presented with the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Highly Commended Volunteer of the Year Award for volunteering with Barnardos Australia for over 20 years
  • Arthur Hook of Merimbula was presented with the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Highly Commended Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the Panoram RSL Day Club over the past 13 years
  • Eurobodalla In-Home Service Volunteer Team which was presented with the 2011 South Coast Southern Inland Highly CommendedVolunteer Team of the Year Award
Other individual volunteers recognised for their outstanding community work were:
  • Karon Dawson of Kiama Downs who volunteers with Kiama Netball Association 
  • Janine Halasz of Narooma who volunteers with Cancer Council NSW  
  • Arthur Hook of Merimbula who volunteers with Panoram RSL Day Club 
  • Lesley Riley of Queanbeyan who volunteers with Barnardos Australia 
  • Christina Webb of Jindabyne who volunteers with Thredbo Historical Society
Award ceremonies will be held in the Award’s 19 Regions across NSW throughout September and October, with the regional winners in the running for the 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.
The winner of the 2011 NSW Volunteer of the Year will receive a $1500 donation to their not-for-profit organisation, Youth and Senior and Team of the Year will each receive a $1000 donation. The one-off 2011 NSW Excellence in NFP Volunteer Management winner will receive a $3000 donation.
The Award is an initiative of The Centre for Volunteering, the peak body for volunteering NSW. Now in its fifth year, this is the state-wide Award program recognising and thanking the volunteers in NSW who generously give more than 235 million work hours each year in NSW, contributing an extraordinary $5 billion to the State’s economy.
“The week-in week-out contributions that volunteers make stretch from aged care, education, child welfare and counselling, through to emergency callouts, event control, running sports, environmental care and animal protection. There’s hardly an area of life which is not helped by volunteering,” Kristin said.

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Kristin Romanis
NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Manager, The Centre for Volunteering


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