The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community.  The Awards are a celebration of the amazing commitment and achievements volunteers make in our communities and a chance for us to come together to give our thanks.

The Awards acknowledge the efforts of thousands of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer involving organisations and corporates in bringing about social change through volunteering.

Nearly 100 Award category winners have been acknowledged over the lifetime of the awards.  Our state’s top volunteer award winners from the past decade were honoured together for the first time at a special event at NSW Government House on Monday 21 May, in what was hailed as our very own Volunteering Hall of Fame.

About 40 of the past NSW Volunteer of the Year Award winners attended the event hosted by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret?d) Governor of New South and Mrs Linda Hurley to mark the start of National Volunteer Week. The Governor is also Patron of The Centre for Volunteering.

As an award recipient these winners have been selected from their peers as having demonstrated exemplary citizenship and their significant efforts and accomplishments have transformed lives and enhanced the well-being of communities across New South Wales.

We dedicate this section of our website to our very own Volunteer Hall of Fame.

Listen to Emily Milton Smith, the 2014 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year, being interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney