Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week (May 20-26th) is the largest celebration of volunteers in Australia, providing an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the six million volunteers who volunteer their time in Australia.
This year’s theme is "Making a world of difference", representing the reality of many volunteers who make such a positive difference in their communities, right across Australia.
This year, CatholicCare will be celebrating National Volunteer Week with its annual Richard Stone Award on Thursday 23 May. This award is named in memory of the late Richard Stone, who served on the CatholicCare Board from 2003 until 2016 and was a shining example of selflessness and community participation.
In honour of Richard’s dedication to CatholicCare and the community, this award acknowledges an individual for their selfless commitment to dedication, enthusiasm, contribution and enhancement of CatholicCare programs through their volunteer involvement.
Staff have been invited to nominate those who, in the last 12 months, have demonstrated valuable volunteer service at CatholicCare. We received the following ten volunteer nominations:
- Katrina Slingo – Team Member (Fusion Youth Justice Program)
- Awa Peluaungpo – Tutor (Refugee After School Learning Group)
- Beverly De Silva – Tutor (Refugee After School Learning Group)
- Lysue Thong – Administration Support (East Melbourne Office)
- Bryan Xu – Camp assistant (Refugee Dads and Kids Weekends)
- Anna Burley – English Tutor (Refugee Settlement Program Dandenong)
- Mahbooba Tokhi – Sewing Group Facilitator and Interpreter (Refugee Settlement Program Dandenong)
- Sharon Maguire – Prison Visitation Program Coordinator (Melbourne Custody Centre)
- Trish McLaughlin – Reception Support (Hiv/Aids community lunch ministry)
- Paul Breed – Tutor (Refugee Homework club)
One recipient will receive the Richard Stone Award, which will be announced on 23 May at the Catholic Leadership Centre.
To these ten nominated volunteers, and every volunteer who has served in the last 12 months, we extend a special thank you! Both our programs and clients benefit enormously from your support. Without it, CatholicCare's capacity to respond to the demands on our services would not be sustainable. So a huge thank you and happy National Volunteer Week to you all!
Read about the 2019 Richard Stone Award event here.