2007 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year, Laurie Smith, 2008 Award Ambassador Mavis Booth, 2007 NSW Volunteer of the Year Mary Mamour and 2007 NSW Youth and Corporate Volunteer of the Year Amanda Grant at the 2008 Award Launch at Government House, 12 May 2008.
2007 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year, Laurie Smith, 2008 Award Ambassador Mavis Booth, 2007 NSW Volunteer of the Year Mary Mamour and 2007 NSW Youth and Corporate Volunteer of the Year Amanda Grant at the 2008 Award Launch at Government House, 12 May 2008.

2007 NSW Volunteer of the Year, Mary Mamour of Blacktown

In 2004, some young African migrants, many of whom arrived from refugee camps in Sudan, settled in Blacktown but were having trouble with initial settlement issues. The local police command recognised the difficulties and contacted the South Sudan Community Organisation in NSW. Mary Mamour volunteered herself as a liaison officer and was instrumental in forming the Sudanese Action Group. She became a shining light for many new refugees, particularly those without parents or leaders. She has been immensely successful in finding work, advocating for the refugees’ needs, ensuring that services are provided and breaking down barriers with authorities. Her referee, Shaun Edwards, said:

“Mary has had to overcome resentment of some of her own people, the community in general, racial comments regarding her origin and the stark differences in her own cultural background to that of modern Australia to achieve the results she has.

NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year, Laurie Smith of Port Macquarie

Laurie Smith has been a volunteer with Aunties and Uncles for more than 23 years, mentoring disadvantaged children. He and his wife Barbara have made a commitment of 12 months to each child they are linked to, but remain in touch with many who have moved away. Laurie speaks with passion about the need for mentoring and support for boys in particular who need the guidance and support of a positive male role model in the absence of an appropriate father figure. His nominator, Rose George, said:

“His personal qualities of drive, enthusiasm, commitment and hard work are conveyed to those he comes into contact with and are a wonderful example to the three boys he has delighted to watch grow into young men.”

NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year and NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year, Amanda Grant of Cronulla

Amanda has captured the hearts and minds of “tradies” by instigating and founding the Tradies Community Service Volunteer Program. Formed in 2006, the program formalises support for people in times of need. Her efforts have raised funds within the Sutherland Shire by tradespeople for organisations such as the Salvation Army and the Heart Foundation. She also organised a Tradies’ Challenge fun run, with the proceeds being donated to the Minerva Street School for children with multiple and complex disabilities. The program now has six local volunteering partnerships. Her nominator, Jolleen Thompson said:

“With the current Generation Y described as self-focussed and existential, Amanda’s quality in a young volunteer is both rare and exceptional.”

Regional Winners

 

Central Coast Winners  
Central Coast Region Volunteer of the Year Russell Deaves of Wyee
Central Coast Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Jamie McKenzie of Tascott
Central Coast Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Michael Read of Somersby
Central West Winners  
Central West Region Volunteer of the Year Rhoma Hale of Molong
Central West Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Bryson Troy of Quandialla
Hunter Winners  
Hunter Region Volunteer of the Year Bert Reay of Charlestown
Hunter Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Peter Phillipson of Fingal Bay
Illawarra Winners  
Illawarra Region Volunteer of the Year Lawrie Perkins of Nowra
Illawarra Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Krystle Marsh of Blackbutt
Illawarra Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Jenny Braun of Fernhill
Mid North Coast Winners  
Mid North Coast Region Volunteer of the Year Norm Cunningham of Nabiac
Mid North Coast Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Laurie Smith of Port Macquarie
Murray Winners  
Murray Region Volunteer of the Year Keith Duggan, of Howlong
Murray Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Luke Brooks of Finley
New England / Northern Inland Winners  
New England / Northern Inland Volunteer of the Year Patricia van Tilburg of Tamworth
New England / Northern Inland Senior Volunteer of the Year Ivan Hatch of Tamworth
Northern Rivers Winners  
Northern Rivers Region Volunteer of the Year Marie Jane Taylor of Wardell
Northern Rivers Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Joseph Keane of East Ballina
Northern Rivers Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Jill Hepburn of Goonellabah
Orana / Far West Winners  
Orana / Far West Region Volunteer of the Year Bevin Brown of Lightning Ridge
Riverina Winners  
Riverina Region Volunteer of the Year Maxwell Day of Lockhart
Riverina Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Ted Strachan of Cootamundra
South Coast / Capital Winners  
South Coast / Capital Region Volunteer of the Year Kevin Hill of Vincentia
Sydney East Winners  
Sydney East Region Volunteer of the Year Loys Thompson of Rose Bay
Sydney East Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Meg Harris of Malabar
Sydney Greater West Winners  
Sydney Greater West Region Volunteer of the Year Mary Mamour of Blacktown
Sydney Greater West Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Phillip Webb of Lithgow
Sydney Greater West Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Sabine Erika of Blackheath
Sydney Inner West Winners  
Sydney Inner West Region Volunteer of the Year Stephen Sanson of Croydon
Sydney Inner West Region Youth Volunteer of the Year Ashley Douglas of Lilyfield
Sydney Inner West Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Frank Marjason of Drummoyne
Sydney North Winners  
Sydney North Region Volunteer of the Year Les Pearson of Denistone East
Sydney North Region Senior Volunteer of the Year Murray Block of Mosman
Sydney South / Macarthur Winners  
Sydney South / Macarthur Volunteer of the Year Edward Richards of Engadine
Sydney South / Macarthur Youth Volunteer of the Year Amanda Grant of Cronulla
Sydney South / Macarthur Senior Volunteer of the Year Margaret (Peggy) Moore of Miranda