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Volunteer Recognition Awards

About the Event

Every year a committed and largely unseen army of volunteers give of their time and skills to enhance and uplift the life of the community within the City of Ryde.

The annual Volunteer Recognition Awards aim to acknowledge the contribution made by these unsung heroes.

Nominations for the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Awards have now closed.

The winners of the 2021 City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards Night will be announced at a special evening ceremony on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

For more information please contact the Events Team on 9952 8222.

Winners of the 2020 City of Ryde Volunteer Awards 

 The Volunteer Awards are presented annually to recognise the achievement and contributions made by the many volunteers of the City of Ryde area.  Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold a LIVE event however we were still able to recognise and celebrate the hard work of these volunteers through an Online Awards night.


Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Yung Shim Lee Kim

Yung is a senior member of the Australian Korean Art Therapy Association, in which she volunteers as an art therapist for the City of Ryde community. She organises regular in-house workshops for the association’s members as well as community programs for elderly groups, the disabled youth, children and disadvantaged women.

Special Commendation: EDWIN IKWU

Edwin volunteers with Royal Rehab and is responsible for visiting one of the organisation’s home residents each week. These visits are greatly appreciated and help reduce the resident’s isolation. Edwin also attends events that the patient takes part in, such as the Lifestyle Choir, as a way of providing additional support.

Young Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Claire Sellar

Claire volunteers for a number of local organisations, including St John’s Ambulance, Eastwood Ryde Netball Association, Marsden High School and the City of Ryde. Over the past four years, Claire has been leading a group of Kindergarten to Year 2 students at Christ Church in Gladesville, while also taking time out of her busy schedule to help out at school holiday programs throughout the local area. 

Group Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Afghan Women’s Wellbeing Group

The Afghan Women’s Wellbeing Group provides support to newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in the City of Ryde. The group‘s primary aim is to break down barriers for migrants and provide support for those who are experiencing hardship such as domestic violence, unemployment, social isolation and Mental health.

Watch the 2020 Ceremony

Watch the live stream of the Ceremony

Past Awards Photo Gallery

Last updated on 22 April 2021