Today we applauded the amazing tales of volunteers in the Illawarra who have been at the heart of their local community over the past 12 months. Thank you to all our nominees and congratulations to our award winners for the Illawarra region.
2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the Illawarra region:
Young Volunteer of the Year – Abigail Bowes from Albion Park
Abigail has been giving her time as a University of Wollongong Pulse Volunteer for the past four years – and she has continued that selfless effort in 2022 even after completing her university studies.
Adult Volunteer of the Year – Leo Stevens from Wollongong
Leo has been Club President at Coalcliff Surf Club for six seasons, after starting his time at the club as a six year old nipper more than 20 years ago.
His volunteering at the club knows no bounds with Leo fronting up as patrol captain, inflatable rescue boat and rescue water craft driver, support operations team member, water safety and canteen coordinator.
Throughout the season, Leo also managed club fundraising, working bees, grant writing, the nippers BBQ, committee member recruitment, member welfare, club publicity and the refurbishment of the Coalcliff SLSC clubhouse.
Senior Volunteer of the Year – Doug Werner from Moss Vale
Doug has been volunteering at the National Trust’s Harper’s Mansion in Berrima for the past four years and is an active volunteer member at the Trust’s Hawkesbury Regional Branch.
He is now Deputy Chair of Harper’s Mansion, but also runs guided tours, hosts events, and supports and mentors other volunteers.
Volunteer Team of the Year – Keiraville Country Women’s Association
The 41 volunteers at the Keiraville Country Women’s Association range in age from 50 to 90 years and have been supporting numerous causes and organisations in so many ways.
Money raised at stalls and BBQs have supported SAHSSI women’s refuge, the Homeless Hub, Wollongong Neo Natal Ward, Miracle Babies Foundation and Seamen’s Mission at Port Kembla – amongst many others.
The team has recently raised money for Lismore flood victims, with many members sending handmade beanies, blankets and baby blankets. The Keiraville CWA has been helping in the community since 1963.
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 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year.
The 2022 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.