Volunteers from across Sydney’s North Shore region were today recognised for their outstanding contribution to volunteering in NSW, at a special ceremony in Northbridge.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual event run by The Centre for Volunteering and is the biggest celebration of volunteering across the country.

The NSW 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for the North Shore region are:

Award Category Winner
Adult Volunteer of the Year Narelle McGeoch, 2MWM Radio Northern Beaches

from Cremorne

Senior Volunteer of the Year Anna Struthers, KNC

from Roseville

Volunteer Team of the Year
Raise Foundation Sparkle Ball Committee, Raise Foundation

from Mosman

Overall Regional Winner Anna Struthers, KNC

from Roseville

The Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said volunteers from across the region have made an enormous contribution to the local community.

“Volunteers from across the area give their time helping in schools, hospitals, sports, the environment, and with so many community based organisations,” Ms Rygate said.

“They all give so much without asking for anything in return.

“It was so pleasing to recognise their outstanding efforts and also celebrate the special contribution of the volunteers chosen to represent the region in the State final of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.”

Narelle McGeoch was selected as this year’s NSW 2018 Adult Volunteer of the Year for her tireless work over the past six years helping Radio Northern Beaches grow as a pivotal part of the local community.

Anna Struthers has been an amazing volunteer at KNC – Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre – for the past 25 years, supporting the migrant community with language skills, transporting older people to medical appointments, as well as managing the centre’s team of 25 volunteers.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and Anna Struthers, Senior and Overall North Shore Volunteer of the Year

Anne has helped more than 15,000 people in her 25 years at the centre, earning her selection as the NSW 2018 Senior Volunteer of the Year and the overall NSW 2018 Volunteer of the Year for the North Shore region.

The eight volunteer team members from the Raise the Sparkle Ball Committee was selected as the NSW 2018 Volunteer Team of the Year for the region. The team mentors young people referred to the Raise Foundation who are in need of support as well as young mothers who are pregnant or parenting in the community.  Last year the team also helped raise $120,000 for the organisation.

The 2018 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is supported by principal partners the Department of Family and Community Services NSW and ClubsNSW, which represents the state’s 1,400 not-for-profit clubs. They are also supported by Etchcraft and Thrifty Car & Truck Rentals.

NSW Minister responsible for Volunteering, the Hon. Ray Williams, said the state’s 2.1 million volunteers contributed more than $5 billion to the NSW economy every year.

“Nominating local volunteers for an award or a certificate is a special way of saying thank you,” Mr Williams said.

“The fact that so many nominations were received this year is recognition of the amazing effort of volunteers across NSW who help build stronger communities.”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that volunteers were the backbone of registered clubs across NSW.

“ClubsNSW is very proud to support the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and every one of the amazing volunteers recognised today,” Mr Ball said.

“Clubs across NSW rely on 32,000 volunteers to help make their venues a vibrant and enjoyable experience,” Mr Ball said.

“They also contribute so much more to our wider community, adding billions of dollars to the NSW economy each year.”

Further photos of the event can be viewed here.

The Centre for Volunteering would like to thank the generosity of the following organisations for their ongoing support of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards:


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.