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2019 Casey Individual Volunteer Award –Winner

Mr Clive H Butler

Clive has been volunteering with St Andrew's Berwick Uniting Church for over 35 years. He has a very long list of volunteering activities. He established a fundraising committee for the extension of community facilities raising $100,000. He also held the role of church council treasurer for 9 years.  Since 2013, he has coordinated fundraising for Transit Soup Kitchen in Narre Warren providing much-needed important items, such as cereals and blankets as well as the annual Christmas hamper collection. He is also an active volunteer with his local Probus Club serving on the committee between 2008 and earlier this year. Clive is a super example of consistent and varied volunteering within his community.

2019 Casey Individual Volunteer Award – Highly Commended

Ms Sadia Batool Ali

Sadia is passionate about her community and assisting Hazara women to settle in Australia. She formed the 'United Cultural Support group' that supports the health and wellbeing of newly arrived and settled Afghan and Hazara women in Lynbrook and surrounding areas. She has been working with the Lynbrook Community Centre to provide an inclusive, safe and connected community, developing programs and activities specifically for women where they can feel culturally safe.

For the first time in the award's history, we have two winners in this category:

2019 Casey Young Volunteer – Winner (joint)

Miss Jessica Borstelj

Jessica is 15 years old and is a Horse Care Volunteer for RDA Doveton (Riding for the Disabled). She assists several times per month looking after horses grooming, preparing and feeding them. She also cleans up paddocks and water troughs and assists with special events and fundraising.

Jessica is a great role model for other young people in RDA Doveton, her social network and the Casey community. She volunteers her time with enthusiasm. She is very reliable, friendly and professional in her approach to helping others.

2019 Casey Young Volunteer – Winner (joint)

Miss Tarali Bendix

Tarali is 11 years old and volunteers as a junior coach at Berwick Flames Basketball Club. She gives her time and energy to the club every week as she aims to show each girl that "they can do it!" She has shown great organisational and planning skills along with being a great role model for “her girls" and encourages them to give their best in whatever they do. 

She has also inspired her dad and some of the other dads to field a men's team called "Dad's Army" that she occasionally coaches. "Tarali is inspired by her first coach and can't wait to be a sports teacher to share the joys sport and activity."

2019 Casey Volunteering Pair Award – Winners

Mr Ian Cuthbertson  and  Mrs Carmel Cuthbertson

Ian and Carmel have volunteered with many Westernport coastal safety causes from transmitting daily weather and safety information for ships at sea to maintaining a radio listening for emergency calls at sea. They also help in the rescue of stranded boats in Westernport with their radio work and safety messages.

They also volunteer with a Guide Dog Pet Therapy Program in hospitals and visit young children at Christmas with gifts as Santa and Mrs Clause. They have developed a safety program for their local neighbourhood and provide a free volunteer program to check the safety of boats and their equipment.

2019 Casey Volunteer Group Award – Winner

Doveton Show

The Doveton show is a community event run annually by volunteers with over 25,000 visitors. The show offers rides, animals, stalls, show bags and other attractions for a low-cost entry fee.  Stalls represent many community organisations, where they hold fundraising activities to support their operations, along with educational groups, and cultural performances on stage.  All the activities have a positive impact on the Casey community. The show also supports local businesses to promote their products and services.

The volunteers in this group range in age from teenagers to senior citizens with members from all backgrounds. This ensures a unique blend of experience, technology, culture and ideas.

The committee carefully plans and delivers the whole event with lots of volunteers working from early morning to the end of the show.

2019 Casey Volunteer Organisation Award – Winner

e.motion21

e.motion21 has the vision to enhance lives and change perceptions of Down Syndrome within society. They are a not-for-profit organisation that provides innovative dance and fitness programs for children and young adults with Down Syndrome,  in a supportive and social environment tailored to meet specific learning needs and engage positively with individuals, families and communities.

e.motion21 embodies the values of Care, Fun, Learning and Respect as well as having a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of young people with Down syndrome and their families.

The Cranbourne team helps to improve the lives of approximately 35 dancers who attend weekly. They experience improved physical abilities and social skills, as well as demonstrating higher personal well-being, fun and enjoyment.
Many of the dancers show an increase in confidence. For them, e.motion21 Cranbourne is their safe place where they can express themselves through movement and music.

2019 Casey Individual Volunteer Award nominees

  • Amanda McIntyre
  • Andrew Johnston
  • Chanelle Madruga
  • Clem Thompson
  • Clive Butler
  • Daniela Maslen
  • Greg Farley
  • Jacob Carney
  • Jenny McCormack
  • Kelly Warren
  • Kerrigan La-Brooy
  • Les Rand
  • Lorraine Trickey
  • Melissa Hogg-Marshall
  • Nadine Pleydell
  • Pat Wingrave
  • Ray McBain
  • Sadia Batool Ali
  • Shelley Ford

2019 Casey Young Volunteer Award nominees

  • Tarali Bendix
  • Jessica Borstelj

2019 Casey Pairs Volunteer Award nominees

  • Miss Rhyan Warren, Miss Kaidi Warren and Miss Shanleigh Warren
  • Mr Daryl Bowman and Mrs Ester Bowman
  • Mr Ian Cuthbertson and Mrs Carmel Cuthbertson
  • Mrs Veronica Hill and Mrs Vicky Cooper
  • Mr Richard Johnston and Ms Lisa Nicholls

2019 Casey Community Group Volunteer Award nominees

  • 2nd Chance Cat Rescue
  • Australian Animal Rescue Inc
  • Balla Balla Boomerang Bag
  • Berwick Woodworkers Club
  • Casey Academy Homework Club – Selandra Campus
  • Cranbourne Family Drug Help Support Group
  • Doveton Show Inc
  • Friends of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick
  • Gethsemane Church & Charity
  • Junction Village Men's Shed
  • Lioness Club of Berwick
  • RDA Doveton
  • Sikh Volunteers Australia
  • turningpoint support centre

2019 Casey Community Organisation Volunteer Award nominees

e.motion21