Sydney Hornsby North West 2014 VOYA
October 7th, 2014
Emily joined Girl Guides at 8 years old and has been volunteering for 15 years. Working directly with her community, Emily is a Unit Leader of 4th North Epping Girl Guides and has been appointed to the executive of Girl Guides NSW & ACT as the State Advocacy Liaison.
Emily is working on campaign projects around gender-based violence, body image, self- esteem and disabilities. These projects engage local communities across NSW and are sparking change. Emily also represents Girl Guides Australia on The Australian Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Women, Peace and Security. Emily has already won a number a community awards. In November 2008 she was awarded a Medallion for Service to the Community by the Order of Australia.
Aidan is highly involved in volunteering and organising community events, and his volunteer work has addressed many youth issues identified in the Ryde area. Aidan was the lead event organiser for the Ryde Youth Summit which was the largest youth-focused event Ryde has ever delivered, aiming to empower young people in tackling issues such as mental health and substance abuse. Currently Aidan is working on the Ryde Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo which aims to reduce youth unemployment. Aidan has exemplified excellent leadership and initiative and regularly participates in governmental consultations regarding young people which have allowed departments such as NSW Health to better address the needs of young people.
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Jeffrey has volunteered with Willow Warriors for 15 years. He is passionate about environmental conservation, and as one of the founding members of Friends of the Colo, a community-based conservation group formed in 2000. Jeff took his skills state wide and created Willow Warriors environmental volunteering. Jeffrey is generous, positive and patient with everyone he works with, and thanks to Jeff, over 5000 volunteer hours per year are given to the environment. To cover the cost of running Willow Warriors he has also been involved in securing grant funding to allow these important environmental activities to continue.
Frank joined Kurrajong Pony Club in 1981, and has contributed over 30 years of volunteer service. Frank has been the Pony Club NSW State Vice-President for 2 years now, and most recently has been instrumental in developing the successful protocol and testing procedures to ensure that all horses attending the 2014 State Championships are vaccinated against Hendra Virus, which is a horse and human risk management issue. Frank has contributed countless hours to the local communities he has been involved in, enhancing community spirit, family participation, and encouraging youth, participation in equestrian sport and horse welfare.
Founded in 1894, Arcadia is a small rural community with a population of only 1305. The Proudly Arcadian 120th Committee was formed to record historical events. Research enabled a 120 paged book ‘Proudly Arcadian 120 years’ to be written and a website to be launched, arcadiahistory.com.au. Time spent by the committee is over 2,000 hours to date. Proudly Arcadian 120th committee is special group of individuals whose commitment to preserving the proud heritage of Arcadia which should be commended. The major benefit has been to help save the heritage of the small community for future generations to enjoy.