Today we celebrated some fantastic stories from volunteers across the Northern Beaches at a special virtual ceremony for the 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

From our Young Volunteer of the Year and all ability cricket volunteer Mark Perry to Senior Volunteer of the Year and local WIRES legend, Lynette Millet, the award winners came from all corners of the Peninsula.

A special shout out to Northern Beaches Volunteer of the Year Glenn Moore, who has supported hundreds of young people who need a helping hand on the Northern Beaches; and the clever equipment services team volunteers at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, who have turned their skills into real life solutions to support people with disability.

2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the Northern Beaches region are: 

Adult Volunteer of the Year – Glenn Moore from North Curl Curl

Glenn has supported the welfare, safety and future of hundreds of young people on the Northern Beaches via his work with the StreetWorks organisation. Through his role at Manly Sea Eagles, he has developed a network of local employers who are willing to take on young people as apprentices, routinely organising training and even transporting them to work.

Young Volunteer of the Year – Mark Perry from Frenchs Forest

Mark is a qualified volunteer coach with the all-ability Blowfly Cricket Club. He gives back as a coach via the “Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables” program, which helps to develop increased levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-belief and assertiveness skills.

Senior Volunteer of the Year – Lynette Millett from Bilgola Plateau

Lyn Millet has volunteered for WIRES for 27 years.  She readily shares expertise on possums and gliders by teaching new WIRES members throughout NSW; advises veterinarians; and gives talks to community groups such as scouts, schools, pre-schools, tree loppers, vet nurses and fire brigades. Lyn helps with research into possum diseases by collecting data for Sydney University’s Veterinary Science Department.

Volunteer Team of the Year – The Equipment Services Team at Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The four volunteers from the Equipment Services team works closely with the Occupational Therapists to turn clinical designs into practical individual solutions: whether that’s custom wheelchair mouldings or new leg straps so people with disability receive equipment they depend on to live their lives.

Regional finalists for the awards are announced at 25 ceremonies throughout NSW and are invited to the Gala State Ceremony for the announcement of the 2021NSW Volunteer of the Year.

The 2021 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.