Outstanding Riverina Volunteers win Awards

31 August, 2017

Volunteers from the Riverina region were recognised for their outstanding contribution at the Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards at Wagga Wagga’s Commercial Club today.

The top award went to Gregory Johnson from Wagga, who received both the Adult 2017 Riverina Region Volunteer of the Year Award and the overall regional winner’s award for his work with Cancer Council NSW.

“Greg has given a decade of his life to Cancer Council NSW and Wagga Wagga Relay For Life (RFL), mostly in the role of catering coordinator on the RFL committee,” CEO of the Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate said.

“Greg is always quick to put his hand up to help and is unique even amongst the most dedicated volunteers, never being uncontactable or unwilling to roll up his sleeves and do the heavy lifting or less desirable jobs.

“He also recruits other volunteers and mentors committee members.

“The Volunteer of the Year Awards recognise the nation working hard at a grassroots level to deliver resilient and compassionate communities, said Ms Rygate.

“This year there has been a record number of nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards, with almost 110,000 volunteers recognised across all categories,” Ms Rygate said.

“Volunteering is a mutual gift, delivering rewards to both the giver and the receiver. Volunteering contributes $290 billion to Australia’s economic and social good,” Ms Rygate said.

Award Category Winner
Overall Winner
Volunteer of the Year
Gregory Johnson
Cancer Council NSW
Adult Volunteer of the Year
(25 ? 64 years)
Gregory Johnson
Cancer Council NSW
Senior Volunteer of the Year
(65+ years)
Moya Dunn
Community Vistiors Scheme / Riverina Community College
Volunteer Team of the Year Australian Red Cross Telecross Wagga Wagga Volunteer Coordinators

The Minister responsible for volunteering, Ray Williams, said the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the contribution of local volunteers.

“The efforts of volunteers here today have, no doubt, greatly improved the lives of Riverina region residents. The NSW Government acknowledges and thanks all volunteers for their valuable contributions and commitment to creating inclusive communities.”

“People who volunteer are often happier, healthier and more connected to their communities,” Mr Williams said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was pleased to be Principal Corporate Partner of the 11th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards. On behalf of 1300 member clubs, ClubsNSW recognises and acknowledges the valuable efforts of the 2.4 million volunteers in NSW.

“Clubs across NSW generate over 40,000 volunteers in the club industry who dedicate more than a million hours of their time per year- we are incredibly grateful for their enormous contribution in building and strengthening our local communities.”

Twenty regional Volunteer of the Year Award ceremonies are held around NSW.

All regional winners are in the running for the overall NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, which will be announced at a gala event in Sydney in December.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by principal partners, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and ClubsNSW. Other sponsors are Bupa Aged Care and Thrifty Car Rentals.

The photos can be found here.