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Volunteer Recognition Awards

2020 winners have been announced

Winners for the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards have been announced!

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.

Winners 

The 2020 Nominees have been announced and have been divided into three categories:

Volunteer of the Year

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

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

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.

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2020 Nominees


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The 2020 Nominees have been divided into three categories:

Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Miguel Andrade
Miguel volunteers at TAFE NSW’s Adult Migrant English Program. Through this role, he supports new migrants in the City of Ryde learn and develop their English skills, as well as assist them complete important documents and forms. Miguel also helps new migrants connect with important organisations that help them to establish themselves in the community.

Johnson Gon Sang Cheng
A well-known Chinese broadcaster, Johnson offers his time to be Master of Ceremonies at events staged by the Eastwood Chinese Senior Citizens Club. Johnson also leads excursions for club members. In addition, he is an active volunteer during Lunar New Year celebrations, assisting the club stage various events during this time.

Daniel Chu
Daniel devotes his Sunday mornings to help out the Australian Chinese Soccer Association. As a committee member, he plans and manages the association’s 20-team competition, while also handling all of the administration responsibilities. His efforts help ensure people of all backgrounds and ages can stay physically and socially active.

Sam Collins
Sam has been involved with the Macquarie Saints Baseball Club as a coach and an administrator for nearly 30 years. He organises travel for senior teams to compete in tournaments and also stages numerous fundraising events that helps purchase new equipment for the club. He is also involved in developing promotional events that encourages the local community to become involved with the club.

Janet Elms-Smith
Janet is an active volunteer for the Ryde Secondary College Parents and Citizens Association. Using her skills as a qualified chef, Janet has been instrumental in coordinating the association’s work to establish the school’s new canteen. She has also worked tirelessly to coordinate fundraising efforts for the school.  

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.

Jang Dae (David) Kim
Jang Dae (David) provides mental and physical support to residents at the Baptists Care Shalom Aged Care facility in Macquarie Park. He regularly organises therapeutic entertainment concerts at the facility, including musical, singing and traditional Korean performances. As a native Korean speaker, he has also proved to be a tremendous help to Korean-born residents. 

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.

Eileen Lim
Eileen assists Sydney Community Services through a variety of invaluable roles. As a member of the organisation’s gardening volunteer team, she tends to the gardens of elderly residents in the City of Ryde each week. Eileen also arranges outings for Spanish-speaking seniors and teaches English to Chinese-speaking migrants.

Brian McLauchlan
Brian volunteers with Christian Community Aid as a Computer and Mobile Technology Tutor. Through this role, he teaches senior citizens on how to use mobile technology via weekly classes and online tutorials. Brian’s work has delivered enormous benefits by providing senior citizens with additional skills and greater confidence when using mobile technology.

Tim Martin
Tim has spent much of his life dedicated to helping local football. He is currently President of the North West Sydney Koalas Football Club, attending training and matches four days a week. He has been instrumental in growing the club, particularly in the development of the club’s female teams and youth teams.

Saradhi Motamarri
Saradhi has been an active member of the Sydney Telugu Association, having served as the organisation’s Vice-President and Secretary. Through these roles he has worked hard to promote multiculturalism and forge closer ties for the Telugu community in the City of Ryde and surrounding areas with other cultural groups and associations.

Matt O’Neill
Matt dedicates much of his free time to helping the Ryde Baseball Club and the sport of baseball in general in North-West Sydney. He coaches and mentors players of all ages and skill level, and also helps many participate in tournaments both in Australia and overseas. He is held in such high regard at the club that many players often actively seek his is advice and expertise. 

Emma Paxton
Emma volunteers for a range of organisations. This includes Sydney Community Services, where she has been matched with a nursing home resident who she visits on a regular basis. Emma is also a director of Happy Hens. Through this role she has facilitated weekly supplies of fresh produce to Sydney Community Services to be distributed to vulnerable residents.

Rosemary Raper
Rosemary teaches English Conversation classes at Top Ryde Library twice a week for people from non-English backgrounds. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, Rosemary has transitioned these classes to an online format to ensure participants could continue to develop their English skills.

Suk Lan Kelly Wan
Suk Lan Kelly offers her time to volunteer for a range of organisations in the City of Ryde and beyond. She has helped organise events for the Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival, Australian Air League – Ryde Squadron, the Four Arts Chinese Scholar Association and the Hong Fuk Carer Association, helping them gain exposure and recognition from the local community.

Young Volunteer of the Year

Marika Blonner
Marika has volunteered with Royal Rehab – a rehabilitation and disability support network located in the City of Ryde – for the past three years. During this time, Marika has provided support caring for patients, particularly those with disabilities who often lead isolated lives. She also assists with numerous events at Royal Rehab, including choir rehearsals and performances.  

Cameron Last
Cameron has been a leading voice for young people in the local Ryde community. For the past two years, Cameron has been a member of the Ryde Youth Council, representing the City of Ryde at the 2019 Youth Council Conference and being appointed as one of the City of Ryde Youth Ambassadors. Outside of his roles with Council, Cameron has also volunteered for several community fundraisers and as a tennis coach at St Anthony’s Primary School in Marsfield.

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

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

City of Ryde Library – Justice of the Peace Service
The Justice of the Peace Service at the City of Ryde Library offers an important service across all five library branches each week. Run solely by volunteers, the service is one of the most popular library programs, serving 8,117 customers and certifying 28,828 documents in 2019 alone.  

Exercise Buddies
Exercise Buddies is a program at Royal Rehab that is run by 23 volunteers. The group assists physiotherapy patients at Royal Rehab by engaging with them and helping them take part in group exercises to help with their rehabilitation.

Happy Hens Volunteers
The Happy Hens Volunteers has been established to make the City of Ryde and surrounding areas engaging, enjoyable and sustainable places to live. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, the group of volunteers have been working daily to assist vulnerable members of the community access the goods and services they require.

Marist College Eastwood St Vincent De Paul Group
Students at Marist College in Eastwood have gone above and beyond to raise vital funds for the St Vincent De Paul Society. Led by teacher Stephanie Bohane, the students meet weekly and organise various collections throughout the year. The money raised by the group has helped those less fortunate receive clothing and food supplies.

Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels team of volunteers deliver meals to vulnerable people living throughout the City of Ryde. This service has taken on increased importance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, ensuring recipients have access to food and someone to interact with, helping reduce social isolation.

North Ryde Community Aid Shopping Volunteers
The North Ryde Community Aid Shopping Volunteers provide a shopping service to elderly clients who need assistance. The group has continued to work throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, providing a vital service to the elderly community who are particularly vulnerable during this current health crisis.

Ryde Library Children’s Activities Volunteers
The Ryde Library Children’s Activities volunteers help library staff stage the popular children activities that take place throughout the year. Each volunteer assists by handing out books and craft materials while also leading singalongs and encouraging participants to engage in the activities.

Stryder Volunteer Bus Assistants
Stryder’s dedicated group of volunteer bus assistants ensure clients have all the help they require during their outings. They help clients safely board and alight from buses, while also taking the time to chat and socialise with each of them during their journeys.

The Music Team and Committee of the Good Life Chorus
The Good Life Chorus is a choir made up of 45 members who have a variety of special needs. The Music Team and Committee coordinate events and programs for the Good Life Chorus, developing a range of repertoires tailored to the needs of each member.


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Last updated on 7 August 2020