2009 Regional Winners
Congratulations to the thirty eight 2009 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Regional winners:
- 2009 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Central West Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Hunter Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Illawarra Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Murray Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 New England/Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Orana/Far West Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Riverina Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 South Coast/Capital Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney East Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney West & Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney North Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney South West Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- 2009 Sydney Macarthur West Volunteer of the Year Award winners
- James Thomas (Tom) Hope, 2009 Central Coast Volunteer of the Year
James (Tom) Hope of Narara on the Central Coast. Tom has worked for The Salvation Army at Erina on the Central Coast for the past eight years. A retired Major after 35 years in the organisation, Tom puts in about 12 hours a week as a fundraiser, together with acting as driver for the Home League members, for the local retirement village and working with the youth group. He is also a member of the emergency services team, preparing and serving meals for hundreds of people during the bushfires in 2002-3 and the floods of June 2007.
- Evelyn Leeming, 2009 Central Coast Senior Volunteer of the Year
Evelyn Leeming of Spencer in the Central Coast Region has been a volunteer guide with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Program since 1995. Eve has set up and leads a specific walking group called the Monday Meaderers to share the Park’s experience with others.
- Monique Brayshaw, 2009 Central Coast Youth Volunteer of the Year
Monique Brayshaw of Phegans Bay, Central Coast volunteers four days per week in Community Care Services Central Coast's (CCSCC) dementia day care cottages, assisting with companionship and socialisation and activities for clients, and also is the bus hostess for transporting clients to the cottages. Monique is very committed, she has been with CCSCC for more than three years and has become an integral part of their teams.
- Ian Bennett, 2009 Central West Volunteer of the Year
Ian Bennett of Lithgow in the Central West. Ian has been a member of the Lithgow and District Volunteer Rescue Squad for 28 years. It is an organisation accredited by the State Rescue Board to provide first response assistance to motor vehicle accidents, assist in bush searches and other incidents when requested by Police. Now Captain of the Squad, Ian was a founder member and has been an active rescue operator ever since and this year completed more than 1100 hours of recorded duty.
- Liz Mullinar AM, 2009 Hunter Volunteer of the Year
Liz Mullinar of Quorrobolong in the Hunter. Liz envisaged, founded and funded Mayumarri in the 1990s in the Hunter Valley and does everything to ensure that survivors of child abuse have somewhere to heal. Mayumarri is unique in that people can stay at low cost and learn to live and recover in a rural surrounding. She organised the building of the healing centre, developed the program, facilitates the process and has developed the educational programs for carers and facilitators.
- Peter McGregor, 2009 Hunter Senior Volunteer of the Year
Peter McGregor of Merewether in the Hunter Region organises a weekly barbecue for ex-prisoners on behalf of the Samaritans Foundation. The Foundation aims to rehabilitate ex-prisoners back to normal lives in the community.
- Sophie Hedges, 2009 Hunter Youth Volunteer of the Year
Sophie Hedges of Cessnock in the Hunter region is 18 and has been a volunteer with the Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee for more than two years. As a committee member she has worked to secure bands for events, encourage additional volunteers and gather funding and in-kind sponsorship She was instrumental in having Cessnock Council recognise, through an appreciation award, the youth entertainment committee’s contribution to the community.
- Sharyn MacKenzie, 2009 Illawarra Volunteer of the Year
Sharyn Mackenzie of Corrimal in the Illawarra. Sharyn was instrumental in establishing the Strategic Community Assistance for Refugee Families in 2005 following contact with a refugee family in the Illawarra. Sharyn recognised there were no services set up to assist refugees on their resettlement in terms of their social, educational and personal support adjustments She holds consultation days, free markets, computer training, driver education, homework, family monitoring and sports days.
- Ron Clarke , 2009 Illawarra Senior Volunteer of the Year
Ron Clarke of Sanctuary Point in the Illawarra Region has a long history of volunteering. He was nominated for his role at the Bay and Basin Community Resources, working with the Men’s Shed, offering bus services and with youth activities. Ron is a mentor to school age children and young people with a disability as well as to disadvantaged adults.
- Delfina Dimoski, 2009 Illawarra Youth Volunteer of the Year
Delfina Dimoski of Kanahooka in the Illawarra region has been a proactive member of the Lions Club of Dapto for 18 months through fundraising. As the sole youth representative she has also organised a community event though a youth participation workshop to encourage greater community involvement and encourage greater interaction between generations. Now just completed her HSC at Kanahooka High School, Delfina has been the backbone of the Student Representative Council, raising funds for many charities, including Jeans for Genes and breast cancer.
- Laurence Jackson, 2009 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year
Laurence of Coffs Harbour in the mid North Coast moved from Mount Gambier in South Australia and brought his enthusiasm to Coffs Harbour for the “Make a Wish” foundation with him. Laurie works tirelessly to raise funds and grant wishes to children in the area with life threatening medical conditions and enrich them with hope, strength and joy. Since 2004, the branch has granted 34 magical wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. Three further Wish Hampers have been granted to children up to two years of age, too young to make a full Wish.
- Paul Bickford, 2009 Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year
Paul Bickford of Port Macquarie in the Mid North Coast Region is President of Grandparents as Parents Again (GAPA). He and his wife Sandra have for the past nine years been raising their two grandsons and know the highs and lows of raising you own child’s children.
- Joseph Thomsen, 2009 Murray Volunteer of the Year
Joseph Thomsen of Albury in the Murray. Joseph spends endless hours as President of the Albury Wodonga Theatre Company. His skills as an actor, leader, social networker and influencer have turned the community theatre company around in the four years he has been a member since arriving from South Australia. Joseph has also encouraged the company to put on touring shows that help the rural and remote communities – shows which included the “World Bra-unclipping championships” and Robin the Hood.
- Robyn Jeffrey, 2009 Murray Senior Volunteer of the Year
Robyn (Rob) Jeffrey of North Albury in the Murray Region had no previous experience of any charity organisation prior to joining the Salvation Army’s charity store in Albury seven years ago. He has taken on a variety of roles, including a lot of relief work, testing and repairing incoming furniture, testing and tagging electrical appliances and assisting with the local emergency committee.
- Peter Scorgie, 2009 New England/Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year
Peter Scorgie of Tamworth in the New England / Northern Inland region who has been with Tamworth Meals on Wheels since 1999 and quickly showed his passion for building with a new kitchen project uppermost in his mind. He attracted federal and State funding of $1 million and raised the balance of another $1 million from the community. Peter is also President of the Peel Valley Lions Club with a record of 31 years’ membership and a strong involvement in other organisations, such a Driver Reviver, Stroke Recovery and the PCYC
- Thea Batterham , 2009 New England/Northern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year
Thea Batterham of Inverell in the New England Northern Inland Region holds at least two garage sales a year on behalf of Camp Quality and the New England Volunteer Air Transport. Thea thoroughly prepares the items for sale by cleaning, repairing and (in some cases) scrubbing them – so most items she collects tend to be sold.
- Ian Carlson, 2009 Northern Rivers Volunteer of the Year
Ian Carlson of Terranora in the Northern Rivers. Ian is the Head Controller for the Tweed Heads State Emergency Service, managing the emergency operations and liaising with other combat agencies for more effective response. Ian has been with the SES for seven years and at Tweed Heads for four years. He attends administration for two whole days a week and then its meetings, seminars and training on a regular basis.
- John Ingram , 2009 Northern Rivers Senior Volunteer of the Year
John Ingram of Kingscliff, in the Northern Rivers region has been a radio operator for the Kingscliff Tower of the Coast Guard for three years. At 87 he is an active member of the flotilla and has brought his skills and knowledge from of 12 previous years with the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Forster/Tuncurry.
- Vera George , 2009 Orana/Far West Volunteer of the Year
Vera George of Wellington in the Orana / Far West region. Vera has been president of Willington Senior Citizens Centre for eight years. She is involved weekly with the centre, shopping for food, prizes and volunteering in the kitchen on a weekly basis. She transports senior citizens to appointments in neighbouring towns, and has coffee with at least one of them every week.
- Hayden Zammit, 2009 Orana/Far West Youth Volunteer of the Year
Hayden Zammit of Broken Hill in Orana / Far West region has been a fundraiser for Camp Quality since the age of nine – and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about a sausage sizzle! Now just 15, Hayden organises family fund days and gains business donations through a letter writing campaign for his favourite charity.
- George Weston, 2009 Riverina Volunteer of the Year
George Weston of Leeton in the Riverina. George has been a Rotarian for 26 years. George spends some 200 hours a week on Rotary club matters, including membership drives and fundraising. As Assistant District Governor of Rotary Area 9700 George has spread his influence into the wider community, especially as part of the Friendship Exchange and the Youth Exchange programs, including four Rotary Inbound Safaris and an escort of students to Brazil.
- Athol Harold (Hack) Hetherington, 2009 Riverina Senior Volunteer of the Year
Athol Hetherington of Temora in the Riverina region is better known as “Hack” and has been a member of the Temora Swimming Club for more than 60 years. Even though he was a very competitive swimmer it was in teaching that he became most committed. In 1957 he started his Learn to Swim classes and now – 52 years on – there are a few people in the town and surrounding towns who have not undertaken his course.
- Nic Nadycz, 2009 South Coast/Capital Volunteer of the Year
Nic Nadcyz of Harden in the South Coast / Capital region. Nic has been with the town’s Fire Brigade for more than 25 years. His mates say he’ll volunteer for everything. A first generation Australian originally from Poland, Nic takes care of the flag duties at the fire station as well as being the person who stays back to ensure the place is cleaned after an event. He has volunteered for many national and international events, such as the Sydney Olympics, Paralympics and World Masters Games.
- Tony Toussaint, 2009 South Coast/Capital Senior Volunteer of the Year
Tony Toussaint of Merimbula in the South Coast / Capital region is chairman of the Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Cooperative, which administers eight meals on wheels services, two social clubs and centre based meals and offers respite services. Tony instigated two groups to raise funds for a “Gone Fishin’” bus, in which volunteers pick up housebound or isolated people and takes them on fishing trips within the shire.
- Rozita Leoni , 2009 Sydney East Volunteer of the Year
Rozita Leoni of Maroubra in Sydney’s City and East region. Rozita has been with Each and All Stronger Together (EAST) for five years in the Maroubra area. She has been an active volunteer in the Randwick local council area with community gardens, clean-ups and with forming groups for isolated and disadvantaged people. But as an advocate for public housing tenants, she has secured a community drop-in facility and assistance in providing education to combat domestic violence.
- Marion Welch , 2009 Sydney East Senior Volunteer of the Year
Marion Welch, of Edgecliff in the Sydney East region works as a team leader in the ECHO Neighbourhood Centre in Bondi Junction. She is involved in client assessment, program development and implementation and organising and supervising volunteers. For many hours each week for the past 21 years Marion has applied her skills at the war memorial hospital to the neighbourhood centre, ensuring stability within her client base.
- Nadia Redelman, 2009 Sydney East Youth Volunteer of the Year
Nadia Redelman of Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s East region puts in an amazing amount of time and effort into a variety of volunteer activities and it is for The Gift of Life organisation for which she is nominated. On a weekly basis Nadia helps the not-for-profit organisation with administration, and she is a registered blood taker and attends blood drives. She makes others aware of the bone marrow donor registry and assists in the process of becoming a potential donor. Now 20, she also organises a local youth circus practices and trainers and has directed and produced a number of shows
- Jillian McCarthy, 2009 Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Volunteer of the Year
Jillian McCarthy of Glenorie in Sydney’s Greater West. Jillian is a volunteer for the Sydney Region of the Criminal Justice Support Network, a project of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. For nearly five years she has been a Court Support Worker and a Police Station Support Worker. Jillian is available to be called out at short notice assisting intellectually disabled people as they prepare for appearance often in audio visual links from a cell complex before their matter is heard, and often providing much-needed emotional support.
- Derek Howes, 2009 Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Senior Volunteer of the Year
Derek Howes of Kellyville in Sydney’s Greater West region came up with the idea of introducing a “roller coin” box in waiting areas at areas of Westmead Hospital where families and friends would be waiting. From an initial box, this now generates $6000 a year for medical research and patient care. He has now added to this, managing small collection boxes at 330 outlets.
- Rebecca Mollica, 2009 Sydney Greater West & Blue Mountains Youth Volunteer of the Year
Rebecca Mollica of Yagoona in Sydney Inner West region was nominated for her work with the Inspire Foundation, which aims to prevent youth suicide. Rebecca has been with the Foundation for about 12 months and has packed a lot into that time! Rebecca has been heavily involved in marketing and promoting the Foundation, having given a number of presentations and worked on on-line content management, researched, sat on panels, given opinions and attended forums.
- Glynis Brown, 2009 Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year
Glynis Brown of Drummoyne in Sydney’s Inner West. Glynis has been a volunteer with Red Cross in the USA and in Australia in New York assisting for six months in the massive response to the September 11 2001 attacks in the World Trade Center. On return to Australia in 2003 she immediately joined the Australian Red Cross and became a Personal Support member, who are required only when there is a disaster. She also became a first aid volunteer, attending community events throughout Sydney on standby to assist.
- Margaret McInroy, 2009 Sydney Inner West Senior Volunteer of the Year
Margaret McInroy of Belfield in the Sydney Inner West region began voluntary work in 1975 because of her passion to honour and cherish veterans of military service. She is also heavily committed to youth, especially in the realms of prevention and cure for drug use. She has concentrated her work through the PCYC movement – of which she is a Life Governor of NSW. Margaret is actively involved with 12 organisations.
- Wayne Lyne, 2009 Sydney North Volunteer of the Year
Wayne Lyne of Forestville in Sydney’s North. Wayne has been 30 years with the Warringah Pittwater Unit of the State Emergency Service and is now local controller in charge of up to 6-10 volunteers. His SES career began at the age of 17 when he became part of a “road rescue team” after bus crash at Kempsey in which 35 people died. Wayne spends on average 20 hours a week on activities relating to the SES and through his persistence the unit’s vehicles and accommodation have been upgraded from previously inadequate resources
- Ron Snelling, 2009 Sydney North Senior Volunteer of the Year
Ron Snelling of Warriewood in Sydney’s North region is integral to Jacaranda Day Activity and Respite Centre in Warriewood. Ron works on both days the centre is operation, driving the bus that collects and returns the clients and cooking the meals for clients and volunteers. His is hard physical work, caring for the frail and elderly and requiring great patience.
- Tamara Paulin, 2009 Sydney North Youth Volunteer of the Year
Tamara Paulin, of Berowra Heights in Sydney’s North region at 19, is by far the youngest member of the Hornsby-Ku-Ring-Gai catering brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service. She joined three years ago and is now seen as a core member of the team during the fire season. Feeding the firefighters and officials involved. Members of the catering brigade are especially trained to be aware of any first aid issues amongst firefighters, especially heat stress and related problems.
- Dorothy Clarke, 2009 Sydney South Volunteer of the Year
Dorothy Clarke of Oyster Bay in Sydney’s South. Dorothy is the President of the Triple S Friendship Club in the St George district, providing support and practical assistance top elderly people in need. The aim is to provide social contact and mental stimulation for Jewish men and women and to keep them from feeling isolated. She organises monthly bus outings and walks. Dorothy also visits JewishCare clients with mental health issues, spending more than 10 hours a week and is involved in computer training and in the University of the Third Age.
- Peter Stevens , 2009 Sydney South Senior Volunteer of the Year
Peter Stevens of Bexley North in Sydney’s South region has been a volunteer with Wolli Creek Preservation Society for 10 years. Now treasurer, he has been an office bearer for most of that time. Peter is also involved in bush regeneration, leading bush walks and the extensive works in improving the Wolli Creek environment.
- Masood Chowdhury, 2009 Sydney Macarthur Volunteer of the Year
Masood Chowdhury of Minto in the Sydney Macarthur region. Masood is Vice President of the Campbelltown Bangla School an organisation working to keep the background language alive of the Bangladeshi / Bangla speaking young Australians. A member of the Executive Committee, he headed the organising of the Bangla Literacy Competition in 2007. Masood is President of the Bangladeshi Australia Council.