Overall Winner – 2014 Volunteer of the Year Sydney South West Macarthur

Natalie Wadwell of Ingleburn who volunteers with Stepping Up Macarthur Project a partnership project with Camden Council, Macarthur Workplace Learning Program, Campbelltown Council and Wadwell Initatives.

Federal Member for Macarthur, Mr Russell Matheson, MP (left) & Natalie Wadell (right)
Federal Member for Macarthur, Mr Russell Matheson, MP (left) & Natalie Wadell (right)

Natalie has a strong passion for and supports local initiatives for young people to exhibit their HSC artworks. As a former HSC art student, Natalie has experienced first-hand the lack of opportunities for young people to showcase their work and decided to do something about it by establishing Stepping Up Macarthur. The pilot exhibition of Stepping Up Macarthur, a project that allowed HSC Student to exhibit their work for large audiences to appreciate, was held in February 2013 and is now running annually. Working with community partners, Natalie coordinates the project from start to finish each year. Her determination and passion for the work she does helps build a sense of pride in the community and in the works HSC students create.


2014 Student Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Natalie Wadwell of Ingleburn who volunteers with Stepping Up Macarthur Project a partnership project with Camden Council, Macarthur Workplace Learning Program, Campbelltown Council and Wadwell Initatives.

See Overall Winner for description.


2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Johnathan Morey of Hinchinbrook who volunteers with Scouts Australia.

Paula-Duncan-&-Johnathan-Morey
Paula Duncan & Johnathan Morey

Johnathan is a passionate, inspiring member of Clubs Australia. Over the past three years he has become a leader among his peers and a mentor to those he meets. In addition to leading a scout crew in his local area and participating in the local Scouts music production, Johnathon has been elected Chair of the Scouts National Youth Council and Delegate representing the NSW Youth. His vision and determination has allowed Johnathan to make positive changes in Scouts at a local, state and national level.


2014 Adult Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Stuart Gooddy of Ingelburn who volunteers with Leukaemia Foundation.

Federal Member for Werriwa, Mr Laurie Ferguson, MP & Stuart Gooddy
Federal Member for Werriwa, Mr Laurie Ferguson, MP & Stuart Gooddy

Stuart is a volunteer driver with the Leukaemia Foundation. In addition to driving patients to and from medical appointments in the Liverpool area, Stuart often fills in for administrate staff and helps to allocate transport resources for the Sydney metropolitan area. Stuart’s energy, empathy, willingness to help out and ability to adapt has a remarkable impact on patients and the Leukaemia Foundation in general.


2014 Senior Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Linden Stubbs of Holsworthy who volunteers with Hammondville and Chipping Norton Public Schools.

State Member for Camden, Mr Chris Patterson, Government Whip & Linden Stubbs
State Member for Camden, Mr Chris Patterson, Government Whip & Linden Stubbs

Linden is an enthusiastic and endearing volunteer. She spends her time volunteering at Hammondville and Chipping Norton Public Schools as a reading tutor and teaching scripture to the students. Additionally she, with her therapy dog Boof, visits numerous nursing homes in her local area. Lindens energy, persistent and kind words have help those around her exceed expectations and gain confidence in their own abilities.


2014 Volunteer Team of the Year

Winner: Symone Perricone and the 48 volunteers who make up the FOCUS Volunteer Team from Focus on Families in Campbelltown.

Clr Paul Lake, Mayor, Campbelltown City Council & FOCUS team
Clr Paul Lake, Mayor, Campbelltown City Council & FOCUS team

Since their commencement in the Campbelltown twenty years ago, the volunteers at FOCUS on Families has been providing targeted support to vulnerable mothers. The volunteers at FOCUS have touched the lives of hundreds of families since its inception, including the families of five triplets born in the local area in the past twelve months! FOCUS volunteers are silent achievers; nurturing, guiding and supporting parents on life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experience, where children thrive and develop into happy, confident, independent and caring adults in society.


Honour Roll of Nominees

2014 Student Volunteer of the Year

  • Ainslie Mulquiny of Mount Annan who volunteers with NSW State Emergency Service.

2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year

  • Amy Ngov of Cabramatta who volunteers with Cabramatta High School.
  • Jessica Xiao of Ashfield who volunteers with Cancer Council NSW – Greater Western Sydney Office.

2014 Adult Volunteer of the Year

  • Dee Dee Grant of Ingleburn who volunteers with Mission Australia ESOL Tutoring at The Cottage Lakemba, Bankstown Library, Ingleburn Library.
  • Veronique Jackson of Currans Hill who volunteers with Camden Athletic Club.
  • Wendy Mauger of Leumeah who volunteers with Focus on Families.
  • Van Spencer of Macquarie Fields who volunteers with Disability Macarthur.
  • Brooke Troy of Narellan who volunteers with the Mawarra Public School Uniform in Elderslie

2014 Senior Volunteer of the Year

  • Janet Davies of Harrington Park who volunteers with South Western Regional Tenants Association Incorporated.
  • Lynette Fawcett of Woodbine who volunteers with Camden District Care Inc.

2014 Volunteer Team of the Year

  • Judy Poulton and the 22 volunteers who make up the Cancer Council Information Centre Volunteers team from Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre in Sydney.
  • Cecilia Wiltshire and the 26 volunteers who make up the Macarthur No interest Loans Scheme Microfinance Team from Macarthur No interest Loans Scheme in Campbelltown.
  • Sandra McDonald and the thirteen volunteers who make up the Beautiful Minds Community Committee team from Beautiful Minds Community Committee in Ingleburn.
  • Arlene Roache and the volunteers who make up the SWSLHD Palliative Care Volunteer Team from South West Sydney Local Health District.
  • Rebecca Ross and the seventeen volunteers who make up the Hurlstone Interact team from Hurlstone Interact (International Action).