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2008 Regional Winners

2008 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Kirsten Hawkes, 2008 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year
    Thanks to Kirsten Hawkes’ tireless campaign for a high school for Kariong and the surrounding community, the project was finally construction in 2010.
     
  • Selma Hunt, 2008 Central Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year
    For over 20 years Selma Hunt has given valuable assistance as a volunteer in the kitchen of Terrigal and Gosford Senior Citizens Centres.

Central Coast Region Nominees

The Centre would also like to congratulate all of the Central Coast Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Central West Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Dr Graeme Worsley, 2008 Central West Volunteer of the Year
    Dr Worsley, a retired anesthetist and pain management consultant, gave dselfless support as a volunteer to the Withdrawal Unit, where he provided medical assistance to clients and training to staff.
     
  • Bill Archer, 2008 Central West Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Bill Archer has a number of volunteering pursuits. He is an asset to the community of Parkes, where kept the important work of Landcare going in the Parkes region.

Read about Dr Worsley and Bill Archer in the Parkes Champion Post, 22 December 2008

Central West Region Nominees

The Centre would also like to congratulate all of the Central West Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Hunter Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Coral Allen, 2008 Hunter Volunteer of the Year
    Coral, a grandmother of 17, has volunteered for a number of projects for her community, including her work against drugs and domestic violence, support for land care projects, and more.
     
  • Dr Paddy Lightfoot, 2008 Hunter Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Dr Paddy Lightfoot has greatly contributed to the regeneration of wetlands and other vegetation in the Newcastle area for 23 years.

Hunter Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the the Hunter Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Illawarra Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Kerrie Corish, 2008 Illawarra Volunteer of the Year
    Kerrie Corish has been a volunteer for a nunmber of organisations, including the City of Shoalhaven Eisteddfod, where she has helped organise music and performing arts performances.
     
  • Judyth Brown, 2008 Illawarra Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Judyth Brown provided over 1,500 hours of volunteer work in 2007 to give in home and out of home support to families with people with disabilities and aging people.
     
  • Krystle Marsh, 2008 Illawarra Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Year 12 student Krystle Marsh is praised for her "empathy, enthusiasm, energy and willingness to take on the 'big challenges' and see them through to their end" .

Illawarra Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Illawarra Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Ian Peden, 2008 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year
    Ian Peden has volunteered for the Coomba community since 1976. Ian has assumed a wide range of duties for the aquatic club, rural fire services and other community organisations.
     
  • Frances Robinson, 2008 Mid North Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Seven years ago Frances Robinson founded the Hope Bears Charity, which offers jolly gifts to cancer patients. The charity now has 12 branches throughout New South Wales.
     
  • Mitchell Dawson, 2008 Mid North Coast Youth Volunteer of the Year
    21-year-old Mitchell Dawson was named recipient of the 2008 Surf Lifesaver of the Year Award for his leadership and commitment to providing lifesavings services to his community.

Mid North Coast Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Mid North Coast Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Murray Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:  

  • Jean Dodd, 2008 Murray Volunteer of the Year
    Jean Dodd has been a tireless helper for the Lions Club and senior citizens at her small town Barooga. Jean sometimes drove Barooga residents nearly 270 kilometers to larger medical centres.
  • Alan Jones, 2008 Murray Senior Volunteer of the Year
    For nearly 50 years Alan Jones has been instrumental in the upkeep and development of the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve, where he has served as President since 1986.

Murray Region Nominees

The Centre would like to congratulate the Murray Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 New England/Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Ian Ridley, 2008 New England/Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year
    Ian Ridley has provided vital leadership to the NSW State Emergency Service (SES). He has played a critical role in developing local SES’ units and in managing natural disaster in the local communities.
  • Ronald Jillett, 2008 New England/Northern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year
    For 45 years Ronald Cleve Jillett has undertaken a wide range of projects for his Emmaville community. Most notably is his involvement in the Emmaville Mining Museum, which he helped build and run.

New England/Northern Inland Region Nominees

Congratulations to all of the New England/Northern Inland Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Carol Logue, 2008 Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year
    Carol Logue’s commitment to the Lower Clarence Netball Association has helped raised thousands of dollars for the association. She also assists children with learning difficulties, helps out young mums with their babies and gave comfort to cancer patients.
     
  • Lorna Allen, 2008 Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Lorna Allen is a long time Uniting Care volunteer. Her tireless fundraising effort has contributed to the raising of over $1.75 million to assist Uniting Care Angeing’s local residential aged care and extra community services. 

Northern Rivers Region Nominees

We would also like to congratulate the following volunteers from the Northern Rivers Region for being nominated for the Award.

2008 Orana/Far West Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Victor Brook, 2008 Orana/Far West Volunteer of the Year
    Former stroke patient Victor Brook of Dubbo is devoted to help stroke patients recover. Victor has provided much appreciated emotional and therapeutic support to stroke patients at Lourdes hospital.
     
  • Roy Cameron, 2008 Orana/Far West Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Roy Cameron, 84, is devoted to the collection and recording of local history for the Coolah district. His archives fill fourteen 4-drawer filing cabinets.

Orana/Far West Region Nominees

Congratulations to all of the volunteers from the Orana/Far West Region nominated for the Award.

2008 Riverina Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Rick Firman, 2008 Riverina Volunteer of the Year
    Temora Shire councillor Rick Firman began volunteering when he was 12 years old.  Today, at 34, Rick continues to serve his community with dedication. He holds important positions on 16 local boards and council, and runs his own menswear business in Temora.
  • Alice Norden, 2008 Riverina Senior Volunteer of the Year
    88-year-old Mrs Alice has dedicated over a third of her life to her Narrandera community. Alice is an unsung hero in Narrandera, where she has served as a vice president and president for her workload to 12 hours per week.

Riverina Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate the following volunteers from the Riverina Region for being nominated for the Award.

2008 South Coast/Capital Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Carmel Brown, 2008 South Coast/Capital Volunteer of the Year
    Carmel Brown, 72, has volunteered tirelessly for the past 30 years with the Murrumburrah-Harden Hospital Auxiliary. She recently received the Medal of the Order of Australia in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours for her service to health.
     
  • Margaret Williams, 2008 South Coast/Capital Senior Volunteer of the Year
    75-year-old Margaret Williams, president of the Country Women's Association (CWA), pushed through her physical pain to help raise $5,000 for a new aged care facility in Crookwell. She regularly made jams and chutneys for local shows and charities.
  • Erin Howell, 2008 South Coast/Capital Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Erin Howell, 24, who has overcome a disability herself, has assisted residents with a disability in her Queanbeyan community through her empathetic and caring nature.

South Coast/Capital Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate the following volunteers from the South Coast/Capital Region for being nominated for the Award.

2008 Sydney East Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Patsi Armati, 2008 Sydney East Volunteer of the Year
    Patsi Armati, a university professor, uses her teaching skills to help transient homeless young people cope with their daily struggles. Through her work with Youth Off The Streets (YOTS) Patsi has acted as a mentor, friend, mother and ‘teacher’ to these vulnerable individuals.
  • Gail Avis, 2008 Sydney East Senior Volunteer of the Year
    For the last 15 years Gail Avis runs the Wig Library at the Prince of Wales Hospital. The library lends out wigs to cancer patients to help them feel good about the way they look.
  • Nicolette Lorraway, 2008 Sydney East Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Nicolette Lorraway is a volunteer Managing Editor for the not-for-profit youth media  and arts organisation Vibewire.net website.  With Nicolette’s help, many young people have achieved their dreams of becoming published authors.

Read about the winners in the Southern Courier's article Volunteers are a ‘dying breed’.

Sydney East Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Sydney East Region volunteers for being nominated for the Award.

2008 Sydney Greater West and Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Robyn Yates, 2008 Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year
    Former registered nurse Robyn Yates founded Blue Mountains Cancer Help (BMCH) organisation in 2005 to provide therapies, support and transport services to very ill cancer patients.
  • Helen Arabzabem, Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Senior Volunteer of the Year
    76-year old Assyrian immigrant, Helen Arabzadeh , uses her volunteer work at Karitane to help  Assyrian families cope with their hardship and isolation.
  • Anthony Eden, Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Anthony Eden was instrumental in keeping Cumberland Community Radio station stay on air.  He has used his technical expertise to bring the station to a new level of sophistication.

Sydney Greater West and Blue Mountains Region Nominees

Congratulations to all of the Sydney Greater West and Blue Mountains Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners: 

  • Shu Fen Wang, 2008 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year
    For ten years Shu Fen Wang has devoted her time as a volunteer for the West Region Chinese Association. She assisted Chinese migrants in Western Sydney become more accustomed to and involved in Australian life.
     
  • Dianne Keller, 2008 Sydney Inner West Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Dianne Keller volunteers as a facilitator for Interrelate Family Centres’ Rainbows Program , which help children aged 5-17 cope with their grief and loss resulting from family separation/divorce or death.
     
  • Josh Rogers, 2008 Sydney Inner West Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Josh Rogers has committed approximately 170 hours of volunteering activities since June 2007 for Scouts Australia in Balmain and for World Youth Day 2008.

Sydney Inner West Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Sydney Inner West Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Sydney North Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Carol Langsford, 2008 Sydney North Volunteer of the Year
    Carol Langsford of Pymble established the Trish MS Research Foundation in 2000, following the death of her elite athlete daughter Trish Langsford from multiple sclerosis (MS). She has since worked tirelessly to raise fund for research into MS.
  • Lorraine Clark, 2008 Sydney North Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Lorraine Clark has spent 18 years volunteered for the Special Olympics program, which provide year round sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability in a variety of Olympics type sports.
     
  • Peter Hordern, 2008 Sydney North Youth Volunteer of the Year
    20 year old Peter Hordern has been volunteering with North Shore Christian youth group Destiny Youth. Peter has assisted in creating new games and activities for the young members, and also made short entertainment films for the group. 

Sydney North Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Sydney North Region volunteers nominated for the Award.

2008 Sydney South/Macarthur Volunteer of the Year Award winners

Congratulations to the following winners: 

  • Rosemary Gray, 2008 Sydney South/Macarthur Volunteer of the Year
    In her 19 years involvement with Uniting Care in Minto Rosemary Gray has improved the life of countless disabled people and motivated support from influential people in her community.
     
  • Peter Henry Cobcroft, 2008 Sydney South/Macarthur Senior Volunteer of the Year
    Peter Henry Cobcroft  is devoted to help alleviate the hardship of the sick and their families through his work with St Catherine’s (St Cath’s) Church since the 1960’s.
     
  • Tara Johnson, 2008 Sydney South/Macarthur Youth Volunteer of the Year
    20-year-old Tara Johnson of Sutherland holds down two jobs to fund her Nursing career and volunteered unconditionally to train with Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service.

Read about Peter and Tara in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, 25 November 2008

Sydney South/Macarthur Region Nominees

The Centre for Volunteering would like to congratulate all of the Sydney South/Macarthur Region volunteers nominated for the Award.


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