Amelia Butler from Broken Hill has been singled out for her contribution over four decades to helping others and her community at a virtual ceremony for the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards today.

Amelia was chosen as the 2020 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year in front of more than 400 special guests, volunteers, and their families.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW.

The awards are in their 14th year and have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across Australia.

Volunteers like Amelia Butler are the glue that hold communities together, with her willingness and passion to find more ways to help others.

Her volunteering has spanned four decades across the many organisations supporting the diverse and rich communities of Broken Hill and Far West NSW.

Amelia’s volunteering began in the local school and sporting fields and quickly spread to the youth programs at the Broken Hills PCYC, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army Shop, St Vincent de Paul and the Broken Hill Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary for the past 11 years.

Amelia has been a Director of the Barrier Social Democratic Club for the past 19 years.

The 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and ClubsNSW, which represents the state’s 1,400 not-for-profit clubs.

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said:

“The past 12 months have thrown up challenge after challenge for communities across the state and volunteers have continued to give their all in the face of this tremendous adversity.

“These awards are our way of saying thank you and reminding everyone across the state of the value of volunteering.

“Congratulations to our awards winners announced today and thank you to all our finalists, nominees and the volunteering community across NSW.”

NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said:

“Kim Hill epitomises the selfless community spirit that shone bright throughout last year’s unprecedented bushfire season and is a very deserving recipient of this year’s Volunteer of the Year award.

“Whether they are donating their time and skills responding to natural disasters or coaching children’s sport, volunteers are part of the fabric of our communities.

“There has never been a more fitting time to recognise the enormous sacrifice our volunteers make, and no better opportunity to say thank you for the work they do.”

ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis said:

“Without volunteers, registered clubs wouldn’t be able to accomplish all the wonderful things that they do for their local communities, so it’s a natural fit for our industry to support this incredible program.

“Well done to all the volunteers who were recognised at today’s ceremony for their extraordinary work. These people have continued to donate their time and effort to support others, despite the challenges of bushfires, drought, floods and COVID-19.

“I’m proud to represent an industry where 32,000 volunteers help to make clubs such great places.”