Volunteering Central Coast has announced the winners of its 2019 Volunteer Awards.
The awardees were announced during a special event at the organisation’s Volunteering Expo in May, which saw over 400 people come together on National Volunteering Week to celebrate the individuals and community groups that give up their own time for the benefit of others on the Central Coast.
“The theme for this year’s National Volunteering week was ‘Making a World of Difference’, and it appears that all the nominees have made a great difference,” said Volunteering Central Coast’s, Fiona Morrison.
“Indeed, the people of the Central Coast are very generous with their time, skills and hearts, with a higher percentage of people volunteering here than in Greater Sydney.
“Over 46,000 people volunteer, and we get to meet many of them at Volunteering Central Coast,” she said.
This year’s winners were: Meals on Wheels’, Emma Barwick; CoastFM’s, Crystal Russom; Shirley Shuttle’s, Barb Galvin; CoastAbility’s, Helen Walker; and, Bendigo Bank, Kincumber.
Barwick took out the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.
“Emma manages over 200 volunteers every week to help distribute meals across the Central Coast, supporting those who need it most.
“Without her assistance and her volunteers, the Meals On Wheels service would not be possible,” Morrison said.
Russom was named Young Volunteer of the Year.
“Crystal has made a real difference in her many volunteer roles, as a Community Champion for Beyond Blue, her volunteering at CoastFM Community Radio and tireless fundraising for the Our Farmers Donation Drive achieving a whole truck of donations valued at $30,000 and delivering them to Western NSW.
“With the help of her team, she also raised $20,000 for Rural Aid’s Buy A Bale campaign,” Morrison said.
Bendigo Bank, Kincumber, took out the Excellence in Corporate Volunteering Award.
“Employees of Bendigo Bank, Kincumber, are always on hand to help, whether it be pitching in with any event the Centre is supporting or out of office activities through Bendigo Bank’s Goodwill Project,” Morrison said.
Walker received the Living Legend Award.
“This award is only issued to someone who has volunteered for 10 years or more with the same organisation and Helen has been a volunteer for almost 60 years with various local associations including CoastAbility, Fairhaven Services and the Girl Guides,” Morrison said.
“Helen has an ethic of probity, service to others and a positive can do attitude, her leadership involves wisdom, ingenuity and practical sense, and her energy and passion to improve the quality of life for others is indeed legendary,” she added.
Galvin took out the top honour of Volunteer of the Year 2019.
“Barb’s mother Shirley sadly passed away from cancer in 2006.
“She was the inspiration for Shirley’s Shuttle, which is now a fleet of four shuttles, administered by Community Transport Central Coast and supported by the Central Coast Local Health District, thanks to Barb’s dedication of time, money and emotional resources and amazing fundraising skills the Shirley Shuttle is still going strong today.
“Barb has also been highly committed in other volunteering roles, five years with Coastal Rescue, five years with Delta Dog Partner Program, with her dog Misty, rescuing injured pelicans, and, since completing her Vet Nursing Certificate, now has her sights on volunteering for the RSPCA,” Morrison said.
Media release, May 31
Fiona Morrison, Volunteering Central Coast