Volunteer Awards - 2011 Volunteer Award Winners
The 2011 Casey Volunteer Award winners are:
Casey Volunteer Group Award 2011 –
Southern Cross Kids Camps – Casey
Southern Cross Kids Camp provides children from at-risk backgrounds with a week-long camp experience. Children enjoy an environment of care, safety and fun, and an opportunity to develop positive self-esteem. Each year, approximately 35 children are supported by up to 80 volunteers, many from local churches, who help make life better for the children who attend the annual camp.
The winner of the Casey Volunteer Organisation Award 2011 –
Victoria State Emergency Service – Narre Warren Unit
Formed in May 2005, the Narre Warren Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service has grown into a highly capable unit, responding to numerous emergencies. Members of the unit, comprising 27 operational members and seven administrative members (all volunteers) undertake many activities in the community in addition to emergency response, including educational campaigns with local schools and community groups. Over the past 12 months the group have attended 1,145 calls for assistance, 686 of these within a 48 hour period during the recent flood event in February.
Casey Young Volunteer Award 2011 (joint winners)
Paul Adcock and Kyle Calder
During his VCE studies, Paul Adcock volunteered each week for the past two-and-ahalf years with ‘School Stuff’. ‘School Stuff’ is a homework help program run by Youthlinx and the Hampton Park Youth Information Centre for young people in grades 5, 6 and 7.
Ten-year-old Kyle Calder accompanies his grandfather to various community events. Some of his volunteering activities include removing fence posts and stacking timber at Hampton Park Community Gardens, helping with registrations at the 2010 and
2011 Clean Up Australia Day events, providing volunteers with refreshments and directing traffic at the 2010 and 2011 Australia Day celebrations, cleaning up rubbish at the Hampton Park Networking Group Community Festival and the Hampton Park
Fashion Show and Twilight Market and collecting signatures for petitions at the 2009 Walk for Hallam Road.
Casey Volunteering Pair Award 2011
Pam Cale and Rob Cale
Pam and Rob Cale have run the not-for-profit Sleepy Hollow Wildlife Shelter from their home for 32 years; providing care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. They assist 500 – 600 animals each year to be rehabilitated and released back to their natural habitat and community members who need help with sick, injured or orphaned wildlife are able to access the shelter at no cost.
There were four individual winners in the Casey Volunteer Award 2011 category this year. They are:
Brenda Chessum – for Volunteer services to various community groups
Brenda Chessum’s commitment to volunteering in Casey extends over 30 years. Brenda’s selfless contribution to the Casey community has benefited a number of local groups and organisations, including the Hallam Nursing Home Auxiliary, Narre Warren East Hall, Narre Community Learning Centre and currently the Warren Opportunity Shop where she has volunteered as a committee member since 2005.
Derek Garton – for Volunteer services to the Berwick community
Derek Garton has been actively involved in a range of groups and organisations in the Berwick area for many years. He is currently involved in Berwick Bowling Club, Berwick Balcara Freemason Lodge, Friends of Wilson Botanic Park and has been the President of the Berwick Brae Retirement Village Committee since 2008. A qualified lawn bowls coach, Derek trains children with a disability and adults and school children in the art of lawn bowls.
Judy Mackay – for service to Rideability Victoria – Doveton Centre
Judy Mackay has volunteered at Rideability Victoria since 1990, spending time each week, including weekends and school holidays, coaching and teaching people with all types of disabilities to ride horses. When she is not coaching and training those with a disability, Judy spends time caring for the horses.
Margaret Tinschert JP – for Volunteering across Casey
Margaret Tinschert’s commitment to the Casey community is demonstrated by her extensive involvement in a range of volunteering initiatives for nearly 20 years. Organisations which have benefited from Margaret’s participation include the St John of God Hospital Berwick Auxiliary, the ‘Blue Light’ Disco, Bosom Buddies Cancer Support Group and the Youth Referral Independent Person Programme. In her involvement with the Narre Warren Fire Brigade, Margaret supports fire fighters with catering.
Cr Balmes also thanked the following organising committees of events held on Australia Day this year for their contribution to their community.
- Rotary Club of Berwick Inc (Berwick event)
- Cultural Historical Association of Rodriguans and Mauritians Victoria Inc (Cranbourne event)
- Doveton Eumemmerring Neighbourhood Renewal (Doveton event)
- Hampton Park Progress Association Inc (Hampton Park event)
- Lions Club of Balla Balla (Tooradin event)