Tuesday May 15, 2012
As Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week 2012 (14 – 20 May), Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies is calling on locals to nominate for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award.
“These annual awards, run by the Centre for Volunteering, recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions of the 2 million plus volunteers in NSW,” Mrs Davies said.
“The awards recognise exceptional volunteers in several categories, including youth, senior, team, corporate and volunteer management.
“Regional winners will be selected in October and November with State winners announced on International Volunteer Day, 5 December.
“I know there are many generous volunteers in Mulgoa who would be worthy nominees for these awards" she said.
Mrs Davies recently visited Angels of Mercy Welfare Services in St Marys with Minister for Citizenship and Communities the Hon. Victor Dominello MP. They met with the committee who showcased the good work they do in Western Sydney in providing access to information, training programs and youth camps for newly arrived migrants and refugees from Africa.
Mrs Davies congratulated coordinator Antoinette Abdelseed for her passion and commitment in training the volunteers to be able to assist those in need.
Minister Dominello said “Volunteers in NSW contribute more than 240 million hours of voluntary work each year, estimated to be worth a remarkable $5 billion.
“They also play a vital role in promoting community harmony and strength.
“That’s why we’re investing $4.5 million in a new Volunteer Strategy that will help make it easier for people to volunteer.
“If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or starting a volunteer program at your work, please visit the new and improved website at www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au.”
For more information on the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and to nominate, visit www.nswvolunteerawards.com. Nominations close 31 August for individual and team categories, or 31 October for corporate and volunteer management categories.