Posted on 10. May, 2010 in Victoria

A new state-wide 12 month volunteer awareness campaign – I can do that – was been launched as Premier John Brumby announced the winners of the 2010 Premier’s Community Volunteering Awards. 

With National Volunteer Week starting today, Premier John Brumby said volunteers made a significant contribution to creating strong communities.

“Volunteers are simply vital to the life of our Victorian communities,” Mr Brumby said.

“These people work tirelessly for others in their community and their work improves the lives of Victorians. However, they are often the unsung heroes of our communities.

“That’s why we established these awards last year, to recognise and celebrate the work of volunteers, both in metropolitan and regional Victoria.”

Mr Brumby said this year’s awards had fantastic nominees and provided great examples to others about the wide range of activities people can get involved in their local communities.

“Both the winners and finalists should be very proud of their contribution to their local communities,” Mr Brumby said. 

The Premier presented the awards and unveiled the new volunteering campaign at a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre with Community Development Minister Lily D’Ambrosio.

Ms D’Ambrosio said the $2.6 million advertising campaign and website were major parts of the Brumby Labor Government’s $9.3 million volunteering strategy to support volunteers and volunteering across Victoria.

“The awareness campaign, I can do that, is designed to help people realise that the skills and passion they already have can be used to help others through volunteering,” she said.

“The ads highlight activities like teaching young people to surf, entertaining sick kids or helping out at a local radio station, along side more traditional volunteering activities.

“This campaign shows that everyone has something that can help others in their community – from fighting fires and keeping the beaches safe to passing on your business knowledge or cooking skills to those in need.” 

The campaign will roll out this week across newspapers, TV, cinemas and in bus and train stations. The new website is now live at and offers a central place for people to find the right volunteering opportunity for them, share their volunteering stories and see videos of other volunteers to get ideas.

 Ms D’Ambrosio said in addition to the website and campaign, new grant funding would be made available in the coming months to support organisations attract and support new volunteers.

“Our strategy is about making it easier for more Victorians to volunteer in an area that interests them and to broaden people’s understanding of what they can do as a volunteer,” she said.

This year’s winners of the Premier’s Community Volunteering Awards are:

  • Community Volunteering Leadership Award – David Quayle from Healthy Minds Network, Swan Hill;
  • Community Volunteering Leadership Award – Edwina Dinkha from the Australian Mesopotamian Women’s Association, Roxburgh Park;
  • Young People’s Community Participation Award – Hiphopportunities for Youth, Golden Square;
  • Young People’s Community Participation Award – Minus 18, Melbourne;
  • Community Volunteering New Technology Award – Benalla Visitor Centre, Benalla and Royal Exchange Hotel Cork Club, Traralgon;
  • Community Volunteering New Technology Award – Volunteer Xchange (Yarra Ranges Council), Lilydale;
  • Community Volunteering Achievement Award – Willaura Community Development Group, Willaura; and
  • Community Volunteering Achievement Award – Volunteering @ AMES, Melbourne.

Award winners receive $5000 to support the work of their organisations and all finalists received $500. This year’s finalists are:

Community Volunteering Leadership Award – Metropolitan

  • Wesa Chau, Australian Federation of International Students, Melbourne
  • Karen Dickson, Yarra Valley Practitioner Project, Yarra Glen
  • Susie Ivany, National Council of Jewish Women of Australia, South Yarra
  • Peter Sagar, Queer Sports Alliance Melbourne, Windsor

Community Volunteering Leadership Award – Regional

  • Prue Addlem, Victorian Farmers Federation, Pyramid Hill
  • Lesley McQuinn, Torquay Improvement Association, Torquay
  • Gail Rodgers, Volunteering Geelong, Geelong
  • Joy Savill, Girl Guide State Radion Activities Centre, Heywood

Community Volunteering Achievement Award – Metropolitan

  • Griefline Services, East Bentleigh
  • Court Networks Inc, Melbourne
  • St John Park Auxiliary, Mooroolbark
  • Volunteers – National Trust of Australia, East Melbourne

Community Volunteering Achievement Award – Regional

  • Royal South Street Society, Ballarat
  • Hamilton Community Transport Service, Hamilton
  • Timehelp, Drumcondra
  • Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club, Inverloch

Community Volunteering New Technology Award – Metropolitan

  • Diving Victoria, South Melbourne
  • THE-HE Vietnamese Language Centre, Noble Park

Community Volunteering New Technology Award – Regional

  • TADVIC Barwon, Belmont
  • Bellarine Police Community Support Register, Ocean Grove
  • Ballandella Op Shop, Benalla

Young People’s Community Participation Award – Metropolitan

  • SYN Media, Carlton
  • Ethnic Youth Council, Preston
  • Footprints Enterprise Inc, Dandenong
  • YMCA Victoria, Fairfield

Young People’s Community Participation Award – Regional

  • Making Links Mentoring Program, Euroa
  • Youth Future Crew, Geelong
  • Global Care, Kinglake

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