Wyndham Community Volunteer Awards

Wyndham's 2019 Community Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to recognise and thank those who contribute their time and energy for the good of our community now, and into the future.

Nominations for 2019 have now closed and are being reviewed by the assessment panel. All applicants will be notified, whether they are successful or not, in the first week of July.

Categories include:

Community Engagement

Community Health & Wellbeing Award

Arts, Culture or Tourism Award

Environment or Sustainability Award

Sports & Recreation Award.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Community Group Award

The honour of Citizen of the Year will be awarded to one of the individual category winners, in recognition of a person who makes a particularly outstanding contribution and will be announced at an Awards Gala event on Friday 16 August 2019.

If you have any questions about the Community Volunteer Awards more generally, contact us on email: volunteers@wyndham.vic.gov.au or phone: 9742 8182.

Translating and Interpreting Services are available by calling 131 450 and asking to be connected to Wyndham City on 9742 0777.

2018 Wyndham City Community Volunteer Awards Winners

Arts, Culture or Tourism Award - Wal Johnston

Wal has played an instrumental volunteer role in shaping Wyndham’s stunning Victoria State Rose Garden for the past 25 years.  Wal’s efforts in establishing and maintaining the Heritage section have meant that the garden now hosts one of the best and rarest collections of heritage roses in Australia.

Wal has demonstrated outstanding commitment to caring for the garden every Wednesday and Saturday morning and to sharing his knowledge and skills with others. Wal has also written a manual for pruning heritage roses and been an active contributor to recording the history of the Rose Garden and its supporters.

Over the years, Wal has also played a leadership role in the community which surrounds the garden, the Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters.

Community Engagement Award - Lyn Scott

Lyn has volunteered in a range of roles in the Wyndham community for the past 42 years.  Over the years, Lyn volunteered on kindergarten committees, with girl guides and as president of a school’s parents and friends committee.  Lyn helped to establish local playgroups and support for homeless young people in UnitingCare Werribee Support and Housing’s early years.  Lyn has actively volunteered to organise community activities and in youth and adult education with Anglicare and St Andrew Church Werribee.  She has a passion for reaching out to and connecting with people and spent 15 years visiting and supporting elderly people in their homes with Wesley Mission.  For the past 16 years, Lyn has continued her volunteer contributions letting visitors travelling to our beautiful part of the world know all about local attractions and events.

Community Health and Wellbeing Award - Kym O’Loughlin

Kym has demonstrated exceptional commitment as a volunteer leader for the Sons of the West men’s health program and Daughters of the West pilot program. Kym has made many valuable contributions to enhance the program’s delivery including assisting with weekly operational requirements, sharing his life experiences to inspire others, mentoring participants to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and taking up the challenge of being the Master of Ceremonies at a large program graduation event with great success.

Kym has been pivotal to the establishment of a Sons of the West Wyndham Group which meets regularly post-program at the Julia Gillard Library Tarneit to help men stay connected, exercise and hear important health messages.

Environment or Sustainability Award - Bruce Boddington

Since moving to Wyndham and completing the Building Blocks Leadership Program in 2015, Bruce has been prolific in creating and stepping into environmentally-focussed volunteering roles. Bruce has actively worked with different volunteer groups to run several successful litter-collection and planting days, as well as community events to raise environmental awareness.  He is a founding member of the Little River Community Landcare Group and Point Cook Open Spaces. He also volunteers in governance roles as the Chair of the NatureWest Board, a committee member of the Werribee River Association, and in advisory roles as a member of the Wyndham City Environment portfolio and Coastal Management Plan Working Party.  His many contributions have had a significant impact on our local environment.

Sports and Recreation Award and Citizen of the Year - Rhonda Edwards

As a volunteer at the Werribee Bowls Club, Rhonda has demonstrated tremendous passion for increasing community participation in lawn bowls.  Rhonda has made vital contributions to the club’s sustainability. Rhonda has developed partnerships and leads a team of volunteers to develop and deliver several new community programs which have introduced 4000 people to the joy of bowls in over the past three years. In addition to promoting lawn bowls to local school children and on social media, Rhonda has coordinated the weekly Friday Night Barefoot Bowls program.  She has been the driving force behind the creation of other successful programs including Girls on the Green, Bowling with Babies, CALDplay as well as programs for multicultural seniors and for people with a disability.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award - Joanne Williams

Joanne is an outstanding 14-year-old who has demonstrated determination and resourcefulness in her endeavours to help others in our community.  Joanne has volunteered in a range of programs – she’s made sleeping mats for homeless people as part of Quantin Binnah Community Centre’s Bags 2 Barriers program; cleaned up local beaches and streets with Beach Patrol 3030 and Love Our Streets 3030; sung to people in nursing homes; and played active roles in many different community fundraising activities.

Community Group Award - Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags Wyndham has over 50 regular volunteers who together have made an enormous difference in a short time.  In just over ten months, the group has sourced unwanted fabric which they have transformed into over 900 bags.  The bags are provided to local stores, who promote the use and reuse message to customers. This phenomenal achievement has diverted 200 kilograms of fabric from landfill and reduced use of plastic bags

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