Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Casey Volunteer Awards are now open. Nominations can be made online at the Smartygrants website.

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. All eligible nominees are acknowledged at the 2017 Casey Volunteer Awards announced at a civic function in May 2017.

2017 Casey Volunteer Awards Guidelines

Nomination categories

  • Casey Individual Volunteer Award (open age)
  • Casey Young Volunteer Award (under 25 year of age)
  • Casey Volunteering Pair Award (a team of two whose volunteering contribution is viewed in conjunction with the other)
  • Casey Volunteer Group Award (a group consisting of all volunteers)
  • Casey Volunteer Organisation Award (an organisation that employs paid staff and engages volunteers)

 Nomination information

  • Nominations open on Monday 13 February 2017 at 9.00 am.
  • Nominations close on Monday 20 March 2017 at 10.00 am.
  • Nomination forms should include all relevant information in detail.Nominations are assessed on the information contained in the nomination form only. No additional information will be considered.
  • All nominations remain the property of the City of Casey.
  • Nominations are made online (hyper link this word https://casey.smartygrants.com.au/).Only online nominations will be accepted.Assistance to complete the online nomination form can be provided by phoning the Community Programs officer on 9705 5200.

Eligibility Criteria

Individual Volunteer, Young Volunteer, and Volunteering Pair Nominations

  • Award nominees must be current or previous volunteers who have positively impacted on the Casey community.
  • Nominations will be assessed on the nominee’s volunteering contribution to the Casey community, as detailed in the nomination form.
  • Nominees must have had a positive impact on the quality of life of residents of the City of Casey through their volunteering efforts.
  • Nominees for Casey Young Volunteer Award must be less than 25 years of age as at 1 May 2017.
  • All nominees over the age of 18 years as at 1 May 2017 must sign a Statutory Declaration stating that they do not have a criminal record, convictions and/or outstanding or pending charges.
  • A maximum of three individual nominees per group/organisation may be nominated in any one year.

Casey Volunteer Group and Casey Volunteer Organisation Nominations

  • Nominees must be a group or organisation based in the City of Casey or providing services to residents of the City of Casey.
  • Groups and organisations may nominate for the volunteer work they regularly undertake or for particular programs or projects they have conducted.
  • Groups and organisations must make a difference to and contribute to the quality of life for those in the Casey community through their volunteering contribution.
  • Groups and organisations may self-nominate.
  • Nominations will be assessed on the volunteering contribution to the Casey community, as detailed in the nomination form.
  • Eligible nominations will have two people invited to represent the group at the Casey Volunteer Awards 2017 Ceremony.


The following will not be accepted:

  • Self-nominations for Young, Individual or Pair categories.
  • Nominations not supported by two people - a nominator and a referee.
  • Nominations for current or past City of Casey staff (within five years since employment ceased).
  • Nominations for current or past City of Casey Councillors (within five years since serving as a Councillor).
  • Incomplete nomination forms.
  • Nomination forms not submitted via the online system
  • Nominations received after the closing date of 10.00 0m on Monday 20 March 2017

Volunteer Award Winners 2016

2016 Casey Individual Volunteer Award

Awarded to Elaine Smith

Elaine is the founder and driving force behind the Women’s Friendship Cafe and Girls Friendship Club in Hampton Park.  These programs provides a safe and welcoming environment for women and girls from all cultural backgrounds to relax, make friends, share experiences, learn new skills and strengthen their community networks.  Elaine's commitment to new migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and their families is evident through her many formal and informal volunteering roles. She is known for her integrity, vision and compassion.

2016 Casey Young Volunteer Award

Awarded to Jery Burniston

Jery brings a calm and caring approach to his volunteer roles and always shows a positive, “can do’ attitude.  Jery is a member of the Casey Youth Action Committee, is a leader with the Man Cave mentoring program and volunteers at many youth events.  As a volunteer with Unite Alliance, he works to raise awareness around issues for same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in Casey. He is a natural leader and role model for many young people in the community.

2016 Casey Volunteering Pair Award

Awarded to Christopher Morgan and Vanessa Watson

As Committee members of the Lynbrook Residents Association, Vanessa and Christopher work hard to organise many family friendly community events which bring local people together.  Some events attract as many as 5,000 people and are run solely by volunteers, led and inspired by Vanessa and Christopher. They each spend many hours organising these events to ensure that every event runs smoothly for the benefit of Lynbrook residents and the wider Casey community.

2016 Casey Volunteer Group Award

Awarded to Narre Warren State Emergency Service

The volunteers at the Narre Warren State Emergency Service are dedicated to providing emergency assistance to the community when they need it most.  Volunteers respond at all times of the day and night, to provide vital assistance.  In addition to this, the volunteers play an important role in attending community events and educating residents on how to prepare and act in an emergency situation. With around 40 volunteers from all walks of life, Narre Warren SES continues to go from strength to strength.

2016 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award

Awarded to South East Palliative Care

Palliative care can be a challenging area and the volunteers at South East Palliative Care are an integral part of the team.  The volunteers have a passion for improving the lives of clients and carers with life-limiting illness and have enabled the service to provide quality and consistent care for the past 30 years. The organisation is very proud of its volunteer program and the contributions of its valued volunteers.

Highly Commended - 2016 Casey Young Volunteer Award

Kathleen Foley

Kathleen is recognised for her work in raising awareness of responsible pet ownership.  At a young age, Kathleen is already a valued animal rescue volunteer and enjoys her important welfare work with cats and kittens. Kathleen is always ready to lend a hand with practical assistance and community education.

Highly Commended - 2016 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award

St Vincent de Paul Berwick Soup Van

Volunteers with the Berwick Soup Van serve the community by helping those in need with food and friendship.  More than 150 volunteers are involved with this important service which is supported by many local businesses and community groups. As a St Vincent de Paul community project, the Berwick Soup Van cares for approximately 200 people per week and operates three nights a week in various locations around Casey.