2021 Volunteering Awards, Canberra region
Highly Commended Recipients
The Volunteering Awards acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution of thousands of volunteers around the Canberra region who willingly give their time and skills to the community each year. Our Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday 7 December and the following Highly Commended were announced.
To watch the live stream of the Awards ceremony, please click here.
Volunteer Leadership Award - Highly Commended
Greg Young demonstrates dedication and commitment in his volunteer role for the Night Patrol service. He has been heading out on the vans to provide light meals and material aid to the most vulnerable in Canberra and surrounds. Greg contributes to leading a small and committed team on the Night Patrol service. He continues to build a strong rapport with the regular companions who come to the vans. He has dedicated a tremendous amount of time to ensure the vans go out night after night when others are unavailable to ensure our companions continue to receive the light meals and material aid they need to get through sleeping rough. Greg is an excellent example of someone who is actively combatting poverty and inequality in our community by giving back to make a difference in their own time. The Night Patrol is available to anyone but primarily focuses on supporting people who are currently at risk of homelessness or are experiencing homelessness currently.
Inclusion Award - Highly Commended
Wrapped in Love, Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Wrapped in Love teams’ mission is to deliver hope, love & laughter to children and families on the Pediatric Wards of Canberra Hospital. These volunteers go door to door to patient rooms, providing wellbeing care packs for families. These include mindfulness activities for guardians and children, essential care items families may not have had time to bring with them to the hospital, healthy snacks, crafts, games, and activities that encourage play and connection. The Wrapped in Love team brightens the day of families with resources that allow them to take a break from the daily stresses of hospital life and enjoy small moments together.
Senior Volunteer of the Year Award - Highly Commended
Karen is a dedicated volunteer at Perinatal Wellbeing Centre. She volunteers through the childcare and gardening programs. Karen helps look after the children of Perinatal’s clients while they attend much needed therapy groups.
She is exceptionally gifted at working with high-needed children. As well as helping maintain the large garden area, whenever we need an extra helping hand.
Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Highly Commended
Rhiannon’s volunteers with Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting young people living in families affected by mental illness. Rhiannon’s role encompasses assisting with program logistics, supervising young people during activities, co-facilitating mental health education sessions, and engaging with young people and supporting them to get involved in the fun activities. Rhiannon brings passion and energy to her role supporting young people, forms genuine connections and always goes the extra mile to ensure young people, staff and fellow volunteers feel welcome and supported.
Volunteer Team of the Year Award - Highly Commended
The Caritas Christi Conference of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn
The Caritas Christi Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society has been providing emergency assistance and longer-term support to migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum in the ACT for over 25 years. Volunteers of the Caritas Christi Conference go out in pairs and visit people in their homes and assess their need to offer emergency material and financial relief as well as encouragement (during the COVID-19 lockdown, this has been done via contactless methods such as over-the-phone). Assistance can include the provision of food vouchers and hampers, access to quality second-hand clothing, basic furniture, and household items through the network of Vinnies shops, assistance with paying utility and medical bills, and accommodation/rent. The conference also provides financial assistance for asylum seekers with little or no income to cover basic living expenses through the Vinnies Asylum Seekers Allowance (VASA) payment and funding from the ACT Government.