Nominations for the 2017 Casey Volunteer Awards are now closed.
The Casey Volunteer Awards recognise and honour those individuals, groups and organisations that have contributed significantly to the Casey community or have had a positive impact on the quality of life for residents of the City of Casey through their volunteering efforts.
Nominations are accepted annually
Volunteer Award Winners 2017
2017 Casey Individual Volunteer Award
Awarded to Roman Nowak
Roman Nowak volunteers in three different roles in the City of Casey. He is an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program on call 24/7. Over the past year, he has attended 69 call outs to support vulnerable young people at police stations in and around Casey, each call lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to 10 hours. Roman also volunteers three days a week with The Salvation Army Cranbourne, where he coordinates an emergency relief service for individuals and families and is 2nd in charge of the organisation. Roman also finds time to look after the environment through his volunteer work.
2017 Casey Young Volunteer Award
Awarded to Hayley Stevens
Hayley Stevens organised a large team of students from her school to participate in the Casey Relay for Life event in March 2017, an event that celebrates the lives of those that have suffered with cancer and their families, and raises funds for cancer research. Hayley’s involvement in a range of activities leading up to the event was invaluable. She raised awareness of the event in the community, undertook administrative tasks, and coordinated a Bunning’s fundraising BBQ. She also contributed to the community spirit of the event by organising activities for the school. Hayley has been a role model for other students and for those working in the Casey community to raise awareness of cancer.
2017 Casey Volunteering Pair Award
Awarded to Debbie Medley and Maureen Fowler
Debbie Medley and Maureen Fowler deliver the KC Dog Education Program for Neighbourhood Watch Casey, a program that teaches young children about personal safety through the story of a lost dog that finds its family with the help of a police officer. The program teaches young children from many cultures that they need to know their address and phone number and introduces them to the idea that police officers will help them if they are lost. Debbie and Maureen have both devoted many hours to providing this educational service in Casey kindergartens, one wearing the KC dog suit and the other reading a story to children. Together they have delivered more than 32 classes.
2017 Casey Volunteer Group Award
Awarded to The Cranbourne Regional Uniting Church Food Truck
The Cranbourne Regional Uniting Church Food Truck has been operating since 2012, providing free nutritious meals four nights a week for homeless and disadvantaged residents in the Cranbourne area. More than 60 volunteers pick up donations of non-perishable goods, fruit and vegetables; prepare meals in their own homes; deliver meals to the Food Truck, and serve meals to people in need. Many residents benefit from the provision of a hot, nutritious meal, and from the fellowship that comes from socialising with others. The Food Truck’s volunteers are cheerful, efficient and caring people and without them, this support service would not exist.
2017 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award
Awarded to Backpacks 4 VIC Kids
Backpacks 4 VIC Kids provides quality backpacks and nappy bags to children aged 0-17 years, entering foster care in Victoria. Backpacks 4 VIC Kids relies heavily on the support of volunteers, who take part in a wide range of tasks from sourcing and applying for grants and donations to operating the organisation’s fundraising enterprise, the B4VK Charity Op Shop in Cranbourne. Volunteers plan and deliver fundraising events, present to schools, agencies and promote the value of the work they do for young people in the community.
Highly Commended - 2017 Casey Volunteering Pair Award
Helen and Richard Crago
Helen and Richard Crago have played key roles in the Friends of Cranbourne Libraries for over 25 years. They are dedicated volunteers who give their time generously, arrange fundraising, and promote the library and group on radio, social media and in local schools. Helen and Richard set an example of volunteering teamwork, respect, and social inclusion. They have contributed significantly to the Cranbourne Library’s success with School Holiday Programs, Indigenous Day events, Auslan support, workshops and author talks.
Highly Commended - 2017 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award
Casey Youth Action Committee
The Casey Youth Action Committee empowers young people to become leaders in their community by providing them with opportunities to deliver projects on topics and issues that are important to them. This year’s project was to raise awareness of youth homelessness, an issue of particular concern to the current committee members. They delivered a project for a group of 500 residents in support of Orange Sky Laundry who provides shower and clothes washing services to homeless people on a weekly basis.