Volunteers throughout our community were acknowledged at the National Volunteer Week celebrations on 20th May with these four exemplary individuals being honoured as recipients of the individual 2019 NQ Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Heart of Volunteering – Lori Langford, Northern Townsville Community Hub
Lori volunteers at NOTCH 5 days a week and has quickly become an integral part of the team. Her commitment to the centre and the community knows no limits as she can be relied upon to contribute extra hours in response to the demand on the NOTCH services wearing many hats such as cleaner, flood recovery worker, child minder, events coordinator and social media advocate all whilst providing much needed emotional support. With her dedication and commitment NOTCH has been able to add regular monthly events to their calendar, many of which are coordinated by Lori.
Youth Volunteering Award – Lachlan Dent, St Vincent De Paul Society
Lachlan’s passion for creating quality experiences for disadvantaged children has been an integral contribution to the Buddies Day and Kids Camp Programs. His compassion, leadership and enthusiasm for providing an inclusive environment where children have the opportunity to enjoy sports, days out and other quality activities enables participants to have fun, build self-esteem and make friends. He is a true role model not only to the children whose lives he helps shape but also to the other volunteers who he regularly encourages and empowers to follow their own leadership journey.
Volunteer Impact Award – Rhiannon Hall, Happy Feat
Rhi fosters an inclusive environment and strives to keep ‘Happy Featers’ engaged through her fun and fresh choreography. Rhi’s ability and focus on tailoring her teaching for varying levels of mobility and concentration as well as her unwavering commitment contributes significantly to participant’s self-esteem and providing them with rich social engagement.
Volunteer Achievement Award – Allen Bishop, Ozcare Villa Vincent
Allen’s extraordinary commitment to volunteering suits him down to the ground as he’s kept busy and that’s the way he likes it! From avian husbandry and assisting the diversional therapist to creating a warm and welcoming environment to the residents, Allen’s innovative and detail oriented approach contributes greatly to the Villa Vincent family.