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Jeanette has enthusiastically facilitated a women’s support group for Autism Asperger ACT since 2011. In addition, Jeannette also mentors women and girls on the Autism spectrum and gives presentations on behalf of Autism Asperger ACT focusing on building the strengths of people with autism and overcoming barriers. Participants of her women’s group describe it as a ‘haven’ and ‘the best thing in my life’. Jeanette’s nominator describes her as a force for good within the Canberra community. Jeanette is a role model for people with autism and her lived experience brings an invaluable perspective to the work she performs.
The Warm Water Exercise Team manage the administration and delivery of the Warm Water Program. The pool supervisors help to create a community atmosphere at every session, and this is one of the reasons participants keep coming back: each session is a ‘community of its own’ making them feel welcomed and included. Hydrotherapy is a proven method of pain relief and last year the Program held over 350 sessions across five pools in Canberra and this provided support to over 3000 people. Participants of the Program are able to move with less pain, enabling them to get more out of life as a result. In addition, the volunteer team advocates tirelessly for the benefits of hydrotherapy.
Sophie’s volunteer service is remarkably multifaceted. Her commitments span telephone crisis support with Lifeline, youth reference work with Headspace, foster caring of animals for the RSPCA and membership of the ACT Refugee Action Committee. Sophie facilitated a focus group for the Youth Coalition of the ACT in 2014 and was one of a panel of speakers at an event held at the ACT Legislative Assembly in April 2015. She is also a full time student at Australia’s National University. In all her volunteering roles Sophie shows leadership, creativity, persistence and a willingness to work and share with others for the benefit of all.
Over 60 skilled volunteers donate their time, knowledge and expertise, working with staff to fulfil TADACT’s mission in enabling people with disabilities to live more independent lives. TADACT stands for Technical Aid for the Disabled ACT. The volunteer team includes professional engineers, architects, technicians, allied health therapists and tradespeople. They work independently in home workshops, supervised by TADACT Project Coordinators. And they deliver over 200 unique, customised, assistive technology equipment solutions per year, enabling some of our community’s most disadvantaged people to afford purpose designed equipment, resulting in increased independence, quality of life and inclusion.
To view the biographies of all of the category winners for the 2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards download the following
Kulture Break works to empower young people through engaging them in the fine arts, with a community arts focus. Since its inception in 2002 Michael has been the volunteer backbone for Kulture Break. In his role as operations manager he gives freely of his time, business acumen and leadership, including for the staging of community expos in Canberra and for interstate and international tours showcasing the talents of our young people. Michael’s active involvement and service is an excellent role model for the next generation. Michael was nominated by Kulture Break.
For ten years, Peter’s volunteer work with the YMCA of Canberra Sailing Club has provided untold opportunities for people with physical disabilities to enjoy the exhilaration and liberation of free movement on water, through participation in social and competitive sailing – locally, interstate and overseas, including at World Championships and the Paralympic Games. Peter has adapted ten sail boats for disabled sailors and attends to the rigging of boats during the sailing season to enable disabled sailors to compete with able-bodied sailors. Peter’s volunteering also includes working as a Club official chairing the protest committee. Peter’s dedicated work with the YMCA’s disabled sailors takes commitment, perseverance, patience and selflessness.
This team of 20 volunteers support their community through bus transportation of young people across the ACT, working at the Lanyon Food Hub Emergency Relief Centre, working in the Lanyon Ladle community soup kitchen and through assisting with child care. They also actively participate in forums exploring key issues for their community, such as people’s public spaces, homelessness strategies, a strategic plan for crime prevention in the Lanyon region and the bus interchange development at Conder. These volunteers contribute significantly to the sense of social connectedness and collective ownership and to the social cohesion of the Lanyon community.
Click here to download a copy of the biographies of the Category Winners for the 2013 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards
For over 10 years Dr Mary Webb has provided invaluable volunteer service to those people in the Canberra community with Multiple Sclerosis. As a person with MS herself, she has brought understanding of chronic conditions and a 'can do' attitude to every service and program with which she has been involved. Mary has served on various Multiple Scerosis organisations and advisory bodies over the years and is currently the convenor of the ACT's People with Multiple Sclerosis Group and is a telephone Peer Support Counsellor.
Mary's positive attitude impacts on every person she meets. She is a typical 'go to' person when someone needs advice, referral to services or a friendly ear. She is also good at fundraising, organising conferences and communicating to Governments on behalf of people with MS.
Up to 150 active volunteer tutors make up the Team working within the Home Tutor Scheme. Each volunteer home tutor is matched with one or more people with English as a second language. Tutors assist people from different cultures and having widely differing levels of literacy. Often the tutor acts as a conduit between the student and the wider community – with tutor help participants learn to drive, look for work, visit local attractions and perhaps become volunteers themselves.