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15 Banyule volunteers recognised at awards

Thu 24 May, 2018

Fifteen individuals and groups were recognised at the 2018 Banyule Volunteer Awards night at The Centre Ivanhoe on Wednesday 23 May.

Awards and highly commended certificates were presented in five categories by Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale and other councillors at what has become an annual celebration of local volunteers.

Joan Learmont received the Individual Volunteer Award.

Fergus Paterson received the Young Volunteer Award.

Allan Wickey took out the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteer Award.

Uzma Rubab was presented with the Multicultural Community Award.

Big Group Hug Ltd and the DVCS Macleod Op Shop Volunteer Group jointly received the Community Group Award.

Seven award nominees were Highly Commended and both Helen Donaldson and John Dowdle received a Life Time Achievement Award.

Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the Banyule Volunteer Awards was an important event that acknowledged local volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the community.

“All 54 nominees in this year’s Awards are worth acknowledging for their fantastic efforts,” he said. “At the Awards night last night we heard about the huge variety of ways people are helping other people.

“Volunteers are packing emergency food parcels, making it easier for families experiencing hardship to send their children to school, helping young people thrive, regularly helping at working bees to clean up our natural environment.

“It was very fitting that our Awards were held during National Volunteer Week with the theme of Give a little. Change a lot. It’s a theme wholeheartedly supported by Banyule Council. Because voluntary contributions both big and small have the potential to make a significance difference.” 

2018 Banyule Volunteer Award recipients

Individual Volunteer Awards

Nominees

Outcome

 

Diane Cross

Highly Commended

 

Pam Erwin

Highly Commended

 

Joan Learmont

Individual Award

 

Helen Donaldson

Life Time Achievement Award

 

John Dowdle

Life Time Achievement Award

 

Young Volunteer Awards

Nominees

Outcome

 

Fergus Paterson

Young Volunteer Award

 

Lachlan Wellington

Highly Commended

 

Sachi Jadhav

Highly Commended

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteer Award

Nominee

Outcome

 

Allan Wickey

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteer Award

 

Multicultural Volunteer Award

Nominee

Outcome

 

Uzma Rubab

Multicultural Volunteer Award

 

Community Group Award

Nominee

Outcome

 

1st Lower Plenty Joey Mob

Highly Commended

 

African Women’s Action Group

Highly Commended

 

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Highly Commended

 

Big Group Hug Ltd

Community Group Award

 

DVCS Macleod Op Shop Volunteer Group

Community Group Award