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NAB National Volunteer Award Winners


Monday, 3rd October 2005 at 1:10 pm
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Asylum seekers assistance programs, folk festivals, conservation projects and emergency services feature in this year's National Australia Bank volunteer awards with Victoria taking out two national prizes.

Monday, 3rd October 2005
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NAB National Volunteer Award Winners
Monday, 3rd October 2005 at 1:10 pm

Asylum seekers assistance programs, folk festivals, conservation projects and emergency services feature in this year’s National Australia Bank volunteer awards with Victoria taking out two national prizes.

Some 48 Not for Profit organisations will share $350,000 in prize money in the 2005 NAB volunteer awards.

The seven national winners for 2005 are:

– National Folk Festival, ACT (Art and Culture)

– Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, VIC (Community Service and Development)

– Caloundra City Libraries – Adult Literacy Program, QLD (Education and Youth Development)

– Benalla Unit – State Emergency Service, VIC (Emergency and Safety)

– Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, WA (Environment and Wildlife)

– Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, SA (Health and Wellbeing)

– Sport SA, SA (Sport and Recreation)

These groups have excelled in their field, attracting the coveted top prize against all state winners. Now in its eighth year, the 2005 National Australia Bank Volunteer Awards focused on best practice in volunteering.

Winning organisations have been chosen from 1200 community groups nominated across seven diverse categories in each state or combined territories, with the ‘best of the best’ within each category selected as national winner – the highest accolade within the prestigious Awards.

State winners receive $7,000 and the seven national winners receive an additional $3,000. The Awards are judged independently by Volunteering Australia, the national peak body for the volunteer sector, and recognised community leaders in each category.

Sha Cordingley, CEO of Volunteering Australia says this year’s focus on best practice would inspire other groups to consider their own volunteering practices.

She says the variety of this year’s Award winners shows that every Not for Profit organisation can choose to provide positive volunteering experiences, regardless of their size, location or activity.

Richard Peters, NAB Head of Corporate Social Responsibility says these Awards are unique in recognising organisations that create a positive and inclusive environment for participating volunteers.

To foster best practice among community groups, each organisation nominated for the 2005 Awards will receive Volunteering Australia’s ‘National Standards for Involving Volunteers’ pack, with practical information and guidance on looking after volunteers.

The Winners’ List

NEW SOUTH WALES

– Sutherland PCYC Rock Eisteddfod Bangor Art and Culture (State Winner)

– Two Eight Two Eight Gulargambone Community Service & Development (State Winner)

– Youth Off The Streets Alexandria Education and Youth Development (State Winner)

– Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club Collaroy Emergency and Safety (State Winner)

– WyCare Inc. Wyong Shire Landcare Network Environment & Wildlife (State Winner)

– Lifeline Central West Bathurst Health and Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Hunter Sports Centre Glendale Sport and Recreation (State Winner)

VICTORIA

– Art Is… Festival Horsham Art and Culture (State Winner)

– Asylum Seeker Resource Centre West Melb Community Service & Development (State & National)

– Reach Foundation Collingwood Education and Youth Development (State Winner)

– Benalla Unit – State Emergency Service Benalla Emergency and Safety (State & National)

– Kananook Creek Association Seaford Environment and Wildlife (State Winner)

– Eastern Palliative Care Boronia Health and Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Gateway Social Support Options Spotswood Sport and Recreation (State Winner)

QUEENSLAND

– The Noosa Longweekend Inc. Noosa Art and Culture (State Winner)

– Kath Dickson Family Centre Parenting Support Toowoomba Community Service & Development (State Winner)

– Caloundra City Libraries – Adult Literacy Program Caloundra Education and Youth Development (State & National)

– Whitsunday State Emergency Service Proserpine Emergency and Safety (State Winner)

– Greening Australia – Queensland Norman Park Environment and Wildlife (State Winner)

– Little Haven Cooloola Sunshine Coast Palliative Care Gympie Health & Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Life Stream Foundation East Brisbane Sport and Recreation (State Winner)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

– Outback Open Air Cinema Coober Pedy Art and Culture (State Winner)

– Migrant Resource Centre SA Adelaide Community Service & Development (State Winner)

– Service to Youth Council Adelaide Education and Youth Development (State Winner)

– Nyroca Scout Camp Bushfire Recovery Port Lincoln Emergency and Safety (State Winner)

– Adelaide Zoo Adelaide Environment and Wildlife (State Winner)

– Southern Adelaide Palliative Services Daw Park Health and Wellbeing (State & National)

– Sport SA West Beach Sport and Recreation (State & National)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

– The Arts Margaret River Cinema Margaret River Art and Culture (State Winner)

– Association for the Blind Victoria Park Community Service and Development (State Winner)

– School Volunteer Program Inc. Scarborough Education & Youth Development (State Winner)

– St John Ambulance (Sandstone) Sandstone Emergency and Safety (State Winner)

– Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Gooseberry Hill Environment and Wildlife (State & National)

– Murdoch Community Hospice Murdoch Health and Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Kalamunda Districts Rugby Union Club Forrestfield Sport and Recreation (State Winner)

ACT / NT

– National Folk Festival Civic Square, ACT Art and Culture (State & National)

– Indigenous Community Volunteers Canberra, ACT Community Service & Development (State Winner)

– YMCA of Katherine Katherine, NT Education and Youth Development (State Winner)

– RSPCA ACT Inc. Weston, ACT Environment and Wildlife (State Winner)

– Scarlet Alliance – NT Wanguri, NT Health and Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Pegasus Riding for the Disabled Holt, ACT Sport and Recreation (State Winner)

TASMANIA

– International Highland Spin-In Kingston Art and Culture (State Winner)

– St Helens Neighbourhood House St Helens Community Service & Development (State Winner)

– Ravenswood Community Garden Ravenswood Education &Youth Development (State Winner)

– Volunteer Ambulance Officers Association of Tasmania Midway Point Emergency & Safety (State Winner)

– Female Factory Historic Site Ltd South Hobart Environment and Wildlife (State Winner)

– Diabetes Australia – Tasmania Hobart Health and Wellbeing (State Winner)

– Westbury Shamrocks Westbury Sport and Recreation (State Winner)



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