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Volunteer Recognition Awards

About the Event

Every year a committed and largely unseen army of volunteers give 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.

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

Thank you to all our amazing 2021 nominees for your contributions to the community!

Winners of the 2021 City of Ryde Volunteer Awards 

Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Helena Malinowska

Helena has volunteered for the EVERYbody Dance Now All Abilities Disco since it commenced four years ago. As part of this work, she helps organise events and encourages social engagement between participants. Helena has also helped stage virtual discos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Commendation: Cate Turner

Cate has been a volunteer with wildlife rescue organisation WIRES for eight years. In her role as coordinator for the North Shore Branch, Cate is on-call 24/7, often taking responsibility to personally care for injured wildlife while also providing guidance and advice to other branch members.


  • Ann Davies
  • Barbara Fenwick
  • Cate Turner
  • Christine Wyness
  • Flora Chan
  • Helena Malinowska
  • Jenny Smith
  • Joseph Yu
  • Michael Larkin
  • Kim Lee
  • Nellie Ghevondian
  • Razmik Asatour
  • Rochelle Keshishian
  • Ron White
  • Rosemary Raper


Young Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Sarthak Vashist

Sarthak dedicates an hour of his time each week to helping patients at Royal Rehab Hospital. He has undertaken a variety of roles including assisting with the walking group and helping residents tend to the hospital’s productive garden. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarthak phoned an isolated resident and had a half an hour chat with him twice a week.

Special Commendation: Lachlan Stevens

Lachlan has volunteered for local community radio station 2RRR for four years. He currently holds the position of Program Director and oversees the selection of all the station’s content. Through this role, he helps shape the station’s demographic, identity and core values.


  • Andrew Chung
  • Lachlan Stevens
  • Lucy Fang
  • Sarthak Vashist


Group Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Eastwood Girl Guide Leaders

The Eastwood Girl Guide leaders have been collectively volunteering for the organisation for more than 45 years. Through their efforts they provide the girl guide participants with a series of fun activities and opportunities while also increasing awareness of girl guides in the community.

Special Commendation: Korean Community of Commerce in City of Ryde

The Korean Community of Commerce in the City of Ryde has been operating for 15 years. Its aim is to support small Korean businesses in Eastwood and surrounding areas, while also promoting cooperation among other commercial groups and local organisations.


  • Bus Drivers – Christian Community Aid
  • Choon Kil So & Cecilia So – FITA / St Andrews Socio Religious Justice, Harmony Inc.
  • Cuppa Club - Christian Community Aid
  • Eastwood Girl Guide Leaders
  • Eastwood / Marsfield Scout Group
  • English for Living (Macquarie Park)
  • Front Office - Christian Community Aid
  • Individual Shopping - Christian Community Aid
  • Korean Community of Commerce in City of Ryde
  • Lifestyle Choir Volunteers
  • Marist College’s St Vinnies Group
  • Meals on Wheels - Christian Community Aid
  • Stryder Bus Drivers
  • The Sewing Basket


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Last updated on 25 May 2021