The finalists for the 2022 Not for Profit Governance Award and Volunteer Leader Award at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House to celebrate their hard work. Our volunteer leaders and managers were in the spotlight today as we celebrated their dedication and support for volunteering programs and not for profit organisations throughout the state.

The finalists will attend the State Ceremony for the 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards in December, where they will join hundreds of other volunteers from across the state for the announcement of the NSW Volunteer of the Year.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards are an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering and supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Communities and Justice and ClubsNSW.


2022 Not for Profit Governance and Volunteer Leader Award Finalists

Chris Hopper from the Ryde Eastwood Touch Football Association:

Chris is a Board Member, administrator, manager, coach and referee for the Ryde Eastwood Touch Football Association. He sources grant funding, oversees the financial and logistics for the senior and junior competitions.

The Australian Wildlife Society’s Board of Directors

The nine board members at the Australian Wildlife Society give countless hours of their time providing the governance, management, and strategic direction at the national not-for-profit wildlife conservation organisation. They oversee grant programs, awards and campaigns to help promote and protect biodiversity and wildlife.

The finalists for the 2022 Volunteer Leaders Award are:

Helen Ecclestone from the Cootamundra Red Cross and Cootamundra Foodbank

Helen has been a stalwart at the Cootamundra Red Cross shop for many years and built on its success by helping to establish the Foodbank service to support families and people in need across the community.

Helen Ecclestone from the Cootamundra Red Cross and Cootamundra Foodbank

Garry McQuillan from the Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club

Garry has taken the Tuncurry Foster Jockey Club from a bare paddock 26 years ago, to a licensed TAB racecourse which hosts five race meetings a year and delivers $1.5 million in annual economic benefit to the region. He has built a strong network of volunteers, helped raise funds and grants and provides the oversight and governance to keep the club operating successfully.

Amar Singh from Turbans4Australia:

Amar founded the community based charity Turbans 4 Australia in 2015. He oversees 200 volunteers who assist people in need as well as first responders to emergencies and natural disasters, farmers suffering from drought, flood impacted communities and people affected by COVID-19.

Amar Singh from Turbans4Australia:

Greg Smith from Rowing NSW

Greg has been a key leadership figure in the volunteer community for Rowing NSW for more than 21 years. He helps to deliver volunteer programs, accreditation schemes and referee education in the rules of racing across NSW.

Greg Smith from Rowing NSW