Christine Adams named 2023 Far West Volunteer of the Year
Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum volunteer, Christine Adams has been named the 2023 Far
West Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to the preservation and promotion of Broken Hill history.
The recognition is part of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, one of the largest celebrations of
volunteering across the country.
The awards are run by The Centre for Volunteering to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of volunteers
working across all sections of communities throughout the state.
The Far West region award winners for individual and team categories were also announced today at a
special ceremony in Broken Hill.
2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the Far West region are:
"Volunteers from across the state’s Far give their time and energy to help make their local community a better place. They help build healthy and well-connected communities across the region. Their tireless work helps support people across health, education, sporting, and community sectors. Our awards recognise their work and give us the chance to say thank you.”Gemma Rygate, The Centre for Volunteering CEO
Adult Volunteer of the Year – Tracy Gauci
Tracy Gauci volunteers with the Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group where she uses her expertise and skills as a hairdresser to provide cancer patients with wigs and makeup services and advice throughout their treatment.
She is also a busy fundraiser for medical equipment purchases, the free wig bank, and patient travel and accommodation costs for treatment.
Tracey has also given her time over the past 15 years co-ordinating Paint our Town Pink, the Look Good
Feel Better, and Encore programs.
Senior Volunteer of the Year – Christine Adams
Christine Adams is a historian and volunteer curator, Treasurer and Secretary for the Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum Trust.
She has been the driving force behind the creation of an important historical complex at the Museum which includes the Broken Hill Migrant Museum, Ron Carter Transport Pavilion and the Hospital Museum Annexe.
She is also a volunteer guide and brings the local community together at key community events to celebrate, commemorate and learn about the history of Broken Hill and its people.
Volunteer Team of the Year – Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast
The Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast volunteers work tirelessly to support the delivery of suicide prevention programs, Indigenous DV-Alert programs, mental health support, and other support for people in crisis or distress. The 76 volunteer team members volunteer in roles across fundraising, events, retail operations or as Board Directors.
Finalists for the awards are announced at 25 Volunteer of the Year regional award ceremonies throughout NSW and are invited to the Gala State Ceremony for the announcement of the 2023 NSW Volunteer of the Year at the Gala Ceremony on Thursday 7 December in Sydney.
The 2023 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 1,100 not-for-profit clubs.