Winners of the 2020 City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards revealed
Published on 06 August 2020
The winners of the 2020 City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards have been announced at a special online ceremony staged this evening.
Yung Shim Lee Kim received the 2020 Individual Volunteer of the Year award for her work with the Australian Korean Art Therapy Association.
Ms Kim has been a volunteer for the association for 15 years, helping organise a range of workshops for local elderly residents, disabled youth, students and disadvantaged women. In addition, Ms Kim has overseen the training of other association members, helping them to qualify as art therapists, while also increasing local participation in the association’s activities.
Edwin Ikwu was awarded a Special Commendation award for his volunteer work with Royal Rehab, a rehabilitation and disability support network located in the City of Ryde.
As part of his roles and responsibilities at Royal Rehab, Mr Ikwu undertakes weekly visits to a non-verbal resident, whom he has learnt to communicate with, providing the resident with a regular companion and reducing their social isolation.
Claire Sellar received the 2020 Young Volunteer of the Year award. Ms Sellar volunteers for a range of local community organisations including St John Ambulance, The Girls Leadership Network Sydney, Marsden High School and as an umpire for the Eastwood Ryde Netball Association.
The Afghan Women's Wellbeing Group was awarded the 2020 Group Volunteer of the Year award.
Established in 2016, the Afghan Women's Wellbeing Group provides support to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living in the City of Ryde and surrounding area. Through its work, the group helps hundreds of local residents overcome challenges such as domestic violence, unemployment financial stress and homelessness.
City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale congratulated everyone who was nominated for this year’s Volunteer Recognition Awards.
“The challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this year have underscored the extremely important work our local volunteers undertake throughout all aspects of the the City of Ryde community,” Clr Laxale.
“It is therefore fitting that we can all come together and celebrate the achievements of these unsung heroes.”
The 2020 City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards were the 31st edition of the event. This year’s awards were streamed online via Council’s website and Facebook page due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.