The recent Queen’s Birthday honours list was a distinguished list of local heroes and national figures. Now is your chance to acknowledge those among us who keep our society ticking.
In other words - volunteers – the one in four Australians who serve the community for no financial gain or personal acclaim.
While some of Australia’s rewards systems might seem out of step with Australia’s egalitarian ethos – there is an awards program that does recognise and honour those amongst us who serve a higher purpose: The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is now in its 11th year and throughout that time it has upheld and provided a public platform to recognise the endeavours of thousands of ‘ordinary’ – and frankly not so ordinary, volunteers amongst us.
“Everyone who is nominated gets to have their moment in the spotlight where their efforts are recognised with a certificate and in the company of other volunteers and community representatives,” said Gemma Rygate, the CEO of the Centre for Volunteering.
“But they won’t be standing there if somebody doesn’t nominate them. Look around your community, your club, your school, hospital, sporting group – we are surrounded by inspiring volunteers.
“Don’t overlook individuals who help others outside of formal volunteering organisations – they may not even consider themselves a volunteer – but if they are doing something for another person beyond their immediate family, then they are indeed a true volunteer and very worthy of recognition,” Ms Rygate said.
Last year more than 100,000 people were recognised for their volunteering efforts in the Volunteer of the Year Awards and this year The Centre for Volunteering looks forward to receiving more nominations from grateful communities, organisations and individuals.
The deadline for nominations is Friday July 14. Nominations for Volunteer of the Year can be made online at www.volunteering.com.au.
There are 7 award categories
Young (24 years and under)
Adult (25 to 64)
Corporate Volunteer (Individual)
Corporate Volunteer Team
Excellence in Volunteer Management
For more information about more about the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and last year’s winners, go to www.volunteering.com.au/volunteer-awards/