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Volunteer of the Year - Yung Shim Lee Kim

Published on 20 August 2020

A visit to a Korean elderly care group more than a decade ago inspired Yung Shim Lee Kim to dedicate her spare time to helping those most in need within the local community.

Ms Kim was named the Volunteer of the Year at the 2020 City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards in August for her work with the Australian Korean Art Therapy Association.

For Ms Kim, her volunteer work all began with that decisive visit to the Korean elderly care group.

“I saw that the group members were not able to take advantage of community programs due to language and cultural barriers. Coming to a new country as an older person already very challenging so I wanted to help them engage with their community and enjoy their life in Australia,” Ms Kim said.

Ms Kim soon joined the Australian Korean Art Therapy Association, helping it grow and providing assistance and support for those who need it.

“Our goal is to share the great benefits of therapy through a creative outlet like arts and crafts. We wish for everyone, particularly those in the Korean community, to experience the joys of life and live confidently in Australia,” Ms Kim said.

While the association began with programs for the elderly Korean community, it has since expanded and now assist those living with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged children.

Ms Kim said winning the Volunteer of the Year award was a huge thrill.

“It was great to share that proud moment with the 23 volunteers of the Australian Korean Art Therapy Association, who have been working together for many years. (The award) will motivate us to continue working with and for our community,” Ms Kim said.

“We appreciate the interest and support of everyone in the City of Ryde for our work.”

Last updated on 20 August 2020