2020 Volunteering Awards, Canberra region


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Canberra’s Choice Award

The Canberra’s Choice Award is presented to the volunteering individual or team that receives the most number of votes by the general public.

Please note you are only allowed to vote once. If you vote more than once your vote will be saved as the last vote that you entered.

Voting closes Sunday 16 August at midnight.

Prior winners of the Canberra’s Choice Award are ineligible for nomination in this category for the next 3 years. All Canberra’s Choice Award recipients since 2017 will not appear in the list of nominees.

Canberra's Choice Award - Vote for your favourite nominee!
ACT Emergency Services Agency

The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Services have faced one of the most uprecedented and unrelenting years to date, going from one challenge to the next with little to no chance to rest, supporting the unprecedented bushfire season, hailstorm relief as well as responding to COVID-19 requests for additional support.
 
ACT Emergency Services Agency
Australian National University
 
The ANU+ program is made up of students who contribute to the community in a variety of ways through various volunteering projects, both giving back to the community and developing employability skills.
 
Australian National University
Alexandra McFayden
 
Alexandra is an amazing and tireless Guide Leader, and an excellent role model and example to all the young girls she leads in her Guide Unit.
 
Alexandra McFayden
Australian Breastfeeding Association Canberra Group
 
The Australian Breastfeeding Association Canberra group offers breastfeeding support and education, and facilitates community connection for families in Canberra and the surrounding region.
 
Australian Breastfeeding Association LR
Bella Campbell
 
Bella is an amazing ambassador for the work of CanTeen, enabling CanTeen to reach more young people with vital support when cancer crashes into their lives.
 
Bella Campbell
Ben Walker
 
Ben creates his own Christmas lights display that raises thousands each year for Multiple Sclerosis whilst also volunteering for multiple charities.
 
Ben Walker
Brett Kazakoff
 
Brett is a true quiet achiever who gets on with the job, no fuss, no drama - tirelessly working at making a big difference for the enjoyment of sport in our local Community.
 
Brett Kazakoff
Capital Nordic Walking Community Outreach Program - Volunteer Coordinators
 
Capital Nordic Walking Community Outreach Program Volunteer Coordinators Helen Portsmouth and Glenda Ible are enthusiastic, passionate, patient and creative - making everyone feel welcomed, supported and empowered at Capital Nordic Walking.
 
Capital Nordic Walking Community Outreach Program LR
Chloe Choy
 
Chloe is an enthusiastic and avid ally determined to create safe spaces where people of all ages, backgrounds and identities are comfortable and able to be their authentic self.
 
Chloe Choy LR
Christine Butterfield
 
Christine has supported the Easy P pilot project to start in the ACT, assisting disadvantaged learner drivers to receive driving supervision from volunteers of the community.
 
Christine Butterfield
Clare Camilleri
 
Clare Camilleri is an influential volunteer who provides vital support to the community through the St Vincent de Paul Society Night Patrol Program.
 
Clare Camilleri
Communities@Work Volunteer Team
 
The Communities@Work volunteer team has been adaptable and flexible during the bushfire crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring vulnerable people in Canberra have been able to access Communities@Work services.
 
Defence Special Needs Support Group Inc
 
Providing information, support, advocacy and programs for current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force, the Defence Special Needs Support Group works closed with policy makers and key Defence Personnel to help bring forward ongoing issues of Defence special needs families.
 
Defence Special Needs Support Group
Di Johnstone
 
Di is an enthusiastic volunteer who channels her optimism into the betterment of others - both human and pet alike.
 
Di Johnstone LR
Dragica Nesic
 
Dragica's optimism, smile and warm heart makes a huge difference to the two Seniors Groups she has volunteered with for over 10 years at Community Services #1.
 
Girl Guides Black Mountain District Team
 
The Girl Guides Black Mountain District Team are an exemplary group of women whose commitment and passion for their roles inspires their Guides to aim high and achieve their personal best.
 
Girl Guides Black Mountain LR
Holistic Care Nursing Ministries Volunteers
 
The Holistic Care Nursing Ministries Volunteers provide support to and activities for elderly, socially isolated and housebound people in Belconnen.
 
Ian Sayers
 
Ian Sayers is a highly valued member of the National Arboretum Canberra community, bringing a diverse wealth of knowledge and skills through his volunteering.
 
James Crowther
 
James is recognised for his extraordinary work in raising money for people living with MS through his annual Christmas Lights for MS.
 
Jennifer (Jenny) Bradford
 
Jenny Bradford is a selfless volunteer who devotes her life to ensuring seniors feel valued and live their lives with dignity.
 
Jill Walker
 
Jill has contributed to helping visitors experience the unique beauty of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park, being actively involved with interpretation and guided tours in the reserves, providing support in the visitor centres and the delivery of Nature Play activities for children.
 
John Brookes
 
John has over 25 years' experience in the voluntary and charity sectors in Australia and abroad, in roles ranging from engagement, fundraising, and advocacy to frontline volunteering in disaster situations.
 
John Gallagher
 
John's skills, knowledge and demeanour have provided exception assistance, control and response on events attended to by St John Ambulance.
 
John-Paul Romano
 
John-Paul is passionate about his community and selflessly gives back through charity work, blood donation and firefighting.
 
John-Paul Romano LR
Julia Widdup
 
Julia is a role model for retired women who want to be fit and healthy and use their considerable skills to take on challenging tasks that make a real difference to their community.
 
Kathleen O'Brien
 
Kathleen is dedicated and committed to helping others in need during tough times.
 
Ken Thomsen
 
Ken has contributed extensively to ACT Parks and Conversation, through helping visitors with interpretation, providing guided tours in the reserves, providing support in the visitor centres at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park, helping Rangers along the Murrumbidgee corridor and supporting the Threatened Species Wildlife program at Tidbinbilla.
 
Lachlan Finlayson
 
Lachlan's hard work, eagerness and dedication to assisting St John Ambulance has made a significant contribution to the organisation.
 
Laura Condon
 
Laura is an outstanding long-time volunteer and Vice-President of the St Nick’s Young Carers Program who, over four years, has supported hundreds of young carers develop their social skills, self-esteem and resilience.
 
Lids4Kids
 
Lids4Kids has saved more than 1 million plastic bottle caps from ACT landfill and has morphed into a national movement of volunteers collecting lids for an organisation that transforms them into sustainable recycled plastic to benefit kids.
 
Lifeline Canberra Crisis Support Supervisors
 
Lifeline's Crisis Support Supervisors are responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of Crisis Supporters, making immediate decisions on whether emergency assistance is needed when there is a threat to life.
 
Lifeline Canberra Crisis Support Supervisors LR
Luis Bonilla
 
Luis's generosity and passion has seen him volunteer for almost 14 years with Community Services #1, making a difference to both the Spanish and wider community.
 
Luka Musicki
 
Luka is a motivated, driven and enthusiastic individual, whose selflessness and genuine nature enables him to support his peers.
 
Majura Pines Trail Alliance
 
The Majura Pines Trail Alliance are a dedicated volunteer group formed in 2015 who build and maintain all of the mountain bike trails in the Majura Pines Recreation Area.
 
Majura Pines Trail Alliance LR
Margaret Goode
 
Margaret's expertise, knowledge, passion and enthusiam has contributed signiciantly to the work of the National Library and its vision.
 
Mark Warren
 
Pastor Mark has volunteered in Goodwin residential care facilities for six years, coming in each Wednesday to offer pastoral care.
 
Maryanne Gore
 
Maryanne is an inspiring volunteer mentor who, with positivity and kindness, supports Clemente students to achieve their learning goals.
 
Merry Macs
 
The Merry Macs of RSL LifeCare uplift seniors and the community during COVID-19.
 
Michael Young
 
Michael’s contribution to youth development, sport, education and the project management industry in the ACT, nationally and internationally has allowed him to make a wide-ranging and substantial impact.
 
National Library of Australia - Obsolete Carriers Removal Project team
 
The Library’s four-strong volunteer Obsolete Carriers team has spent four years identifying, removing, describing and rehousing “obsolete carriers” from manuscript collections, saving often unique content for future generations.
 
Nichola Vincent
 
Nichola’s dedication and commitment has ensured that her Girl Guides are motivated, engaged and continue to realise their potential, particularly during a time of social isolation and uncertainty.   
 
Nichola Vincent LR
Paul Ratcliffe
 
Paul has been a major contributor to the Red Hill Regenerators, Greening Australia, Stirling Ridge, Friends of Grasslands and Bush Heritage Australia for over a decade.
 
PAWS Program
 
The PAWS program engages volunteers to provide exceptional care for the pets of elderly and vulnerable Canberrans when they no longer can.
 
PAWS Program LR
Rachael Featherstone
 
Rachael is a warm, friendly and ingenuous volunteer who has made an incredible impact on St John Ambulance and the Canberra community.
 
Ralph Richardson
 
Ralph is a volunteer's volunteer, who tirelessly contributes to keeping the Canberra Croquet Club running, both as itself and as a part of Canberra.
 
Read with Dashi
 
Robyn and Dashi help reluctant and struggling young readers to transform their attitude to reading by reading to Dashi, the cutest service dog ever, at Libraries ACT.
 
Rodney Middleton
 
Rod’s positive attitude, eagerness to help, and his abundance of first aid knowledge have been all very incredible attributes that have made him an outstanding and a noteworthy Volunteer, we are delighted to share how wonderfully helpful Rod has been to St John Ambulance Australia (ACT) Inc.
 
Rodney Middleton
Roger Edwards
 
Roger has been an active member with the ACT State Emergency Service for more than 8 years and has supported the Canberra Community through the 2019/2020 Bushfire Season, January 2020 hailstorms and through the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
Roger edwards
Rosemary Purdie
 
Rosemary is highly regarded for leading, inspiring and engaging volunteers in active conservation of nature reserves.
 
Rosemary Purdie LR
Rotary Club of Hall
 
The Rotary Club of Hall has provide multi-faceted support to Marymead's mulch enterprise over the last 8 years, promoting essential skills development and community connection among young adults with disability.
 
Roundabout Canberra
 
The Roundabout Canberra volunteer team has been responsible for providing 1500 local children in need with essential baby and children's items, including cots, prams, car seats, clothing, linen and toys.
 
Roundabout Canberra LR
RSL LifeCare Bill McKenzie Gardens Volunteers
 
Volunteers at RSL LifeCare's Bill McKenzie Gardens relieve social isolation for seniors and connect the community.
 
RSL LifeCare Fred Ward Gardens Volunteers
 
RSL LifeCare Volunteers relieve social isolation for ageing veterans and seniors.
 
RSL LifeCare Sir Leslie Morshead Manor Volunteers
 
RSL LifeCare's Sir Leslie Morshead Volunteers help to keep connection and a sense of community in Lyneham ACT.
 
RSPCA ACT Volunteer Team
 
RSPCA ACT Volunteers provide the support to staff needed for rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming in the ACT to ensure vulnerable animals have a voice.
 
Sarah Brook
 
Sarah volunteers with several initiatives to provide essential supports that are desperately needed by vulnerable and/or isolated community members.
 
Sarah Brook
Science Time Volunteers, Questacon Early Childhood Program
 
Questacon Volunteers encourage children and their families to develop positive associations with science.
 
Questacon Science Time Volunteers
Scullin Community Group
 
The Scullin Community Group is revitalising the struggling Scullin shops and transforming its community from the ground up.
 
Scullin Community Group
Shannon Ross
 
Shannon demonstrates how Guiding can bring together girls from various backgrounds into a community and offer them a nurturing environment where they can try new things, learn new skills, make life-long friends, and develop a rounded view of the world.
 
Shannon Ross
Simon Matuzelski
 
Simon is a passionate leader who is mobilising the local Canberra community to reduce inequalities globally.
 
Simon Matuzelski
St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn:
The conferences of Batemans Bay, Bega, Braidwood, Cooma, Eden, Merimbula, Moruya and Tumut, and the Bushfire Task Force
 
Vinnies local conferences of the bushfire affected areas on the South Coast, with support of the St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Task Force, provided financial and material assistance as well as emotional support to those affected by the fires.
 
St Vincent de Paul Society LR
Super Squad
 
The Super Squad is made up of a vibrant and diverse range of passionate Raiders fans with a varying range of disabilities who volunteer at home games during the season as part of the Raiders family.
 
Super Squad
Teresa Van Der Heul
 
Teresa, champion volunteer and citizen scientist, works in both the online and physical worlds to ensure important scientific records are catalogued, having catalogued more than 500,000 contributions thus far.
 
Teresa Van de Heul
The Marymead Auxiliary
 
The Marymead Auxiliary have supported thousands of children, young people and their families within the Canberra community for the last 50 years.
 
The Marymead Auxiliary
Tim Miller
 
Tim, having founded Lids4Kids in May 2019, whilst also working tirelessly to raise much-needed funds for a number of local, interstate and international charities and not-for-profit organisations has made a significant contribution to both the local and international community.
 
Tim Miller
Trash Gather Organising Team
 
The Trash Gather Organising Team are a dedicated group of young people working to bring the community together to clean up our city.
 
Trash Gathering Team LR
Valmai Dempsey
 
Val is a high achieving, passionate and enthusiastic volunteer who continues to make a significant contribution to St John Ambulance and the Canberra community.
 
Valmai Dempsey
Virginia Brown
 
Virginia embodies the very essence of being a leader as she empowers the women and girls of Girl Guides and her community to achieve their best.
 
Virginia Brown LR
VisitorAssist Volunteers
 
The VisitorAssist team is a group of experienced, passionate and knowledgeable volunteers working to improve the quality of visitor experiences at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.
 
VisitorAssist Volunteers
William Gallagher
 
William is a dedicated volunteer, passionate about taking up the mantle of youth awareness of mental health.
 
William Gallagher 1