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The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual award for volunteering
Volunteering
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be...

 in New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...

, Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

 run by The Centre for Volunteering and supported by the State Government. It was launched in June 2007 by the then NSW Minister for Volunteering Linda Burney.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the efforts of the 2.4 million volunteers in NSW, and promotes the importance of volunteering to the community and to companies.

Prior to 2007 there was no state-wide recognition program for all volunteers, and the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award program remains the sole annual awards program committed to recognising all volunteers in NSW.

The 2010 Award Partner was Westpac Banking Corporation - Social Sector Banking.

Award Regions


The Award is judged at a Regional and State level with 19 NSW Regional Volunteer of the Year Awards created throughout NSW: 11 country regions and 8 Sydney
Sydney
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people...

 regions (the Award started with 15 regions and has been expanded to 19).

Sydney Regions have been based on geography and population size. The Centre has structured these regions so that there is a substantial population in each and some natural synergies between the local government areas in each region.

Country Regions are based on NSW Department of State and Regional Development’s regions apart from: South Coast and Southern Inland are combined into South Coast/ Southern Inland and Orana and Far West/ Outback are combined into Orana/ Far West

Award Categories


There are three major categories with two additional special awards:
  • NSW Volunteer of the Year Award (awarded at a Regional and State level)
- NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year Award (Judges Choice Award - awarded at a Regional and State level)
- NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year Award (Judges Choice Award - awarded at a Regional and State level)
  • NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award (launched 2009, awarded at a Regional and State level). For the 2010 Award the first round of judging will take place on a regional basis.
  • NSW Employee (Corporate) Volunteer of the Year Award (Awarded at a State level).

Nomination Dates


The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award opens for nomination at the start of National Volunteer Week each year and closes on the 31 August (the nomination closing date has moved from 30 September to 31 August in 2011). Nominations can be made online http://www.nswvolunteerawards.com

Award Ceremonies


Regional Award Ceremonies are held throughout October–November of each year. The State Award Ceremony is held on or near the 5 December each year in recognition of International Volunteer Day, at Parliament House Sydney. The Awards are presented by the Minister for Volunteering (who is also the Patron of the Award). The 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Ambassador is Sydney Swans
Sydney Swans
The Sydney Swans Football Club is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League . The club is based in Sydney, New South Wales. The club, founded in 1874, was known as the South Melbourne Football Club until it relocated to Sydney in 1982 to become the Sydney...

 player Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes is a professional Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League ....

.

2007


The award ceremony was held at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House in Sydney is a complex of buildings housing the Parliament of New South Wales, a state of Australia. It is located on the east side of Macquarie Street in Sydney, the state capital. The facade consists of a two storey Georgian building, the oldest public building in the City of...

, on 5 December 2007, on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day - is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985.The declared aim of this activity is to thank the volunteers for their efforts and increase public awareness on their contribution to society...

. The winners of the 2007 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards were:
  • Mary Mamour, 2007 NSW Volunteer of the Year
  • Laurie Smith, 2007 Senior Volunteer of the Year
  • Amanda Grant, 2007 Youth and Corporate Volunteer of the Year


The 2007 NSW Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winners were announced at ceremonies around NSW throughout October-November 2007.

2008


The 2008 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Winners were announced at a gala ceremony held at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House in Sydney is a complex of buildings housing the Parliament of New South Wales, a state of Australia. It is located on the east side of Macquarie Street in Sydney, the state capital. The facade consists of a two storey Georgian building, the oldest public building in the City of...

 on 5 December 2008, on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day - is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985.The declared aim of this activity is to thank the volunteers for their efforts and increase public awareness on their contribution to society...

.
  • Layne Beachley, 2008 NSW Volunteer Ambassador Award winner
  • Shu Fen Wang, 2008 NSW Volunteer of the Year
  • Lorraine Clark, 2008 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year
  • Krystle Marsh, 2008 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • Karen Carmichael, 2008 NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year


The 2008 NSW Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winners were announced at ceremonies around NSW throughout October-November 2008.

2009


The 2009 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award Winners were announced by the then Minister for Volunteering, the Hon Graham West, at a ceremony held at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House in Sydney is a complex of buildings housing the Parliament of New South Wales, a state of Australia. It is located on the east side of Macquarie Street in Sydney, the state capital. The facade consists of a two storey Georgian building, the oldest public building in the City of...

 on 4 December 2009.
  • Liz Mullinar AM was named 2009 NSW Volunteer of the Year
  • Hayden Zammit, was named 2009 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • Thea Batterham, was 2009 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year
  • ING Bank employee Nigel Dearinger was 2009 NSW Employee Volunteer of the Year
  • Timehelp Holroyd – a group of 26 retirees from Holroyd was awarded the inaugural 2009 NSW Volunteer Team of the Year


The 2009 NSW Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winners were announced at ceremonies around NSW throughout October-November 2009.

2010


The 2010 award ceremony was held at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House, Sydney
Parliament House in Sydney is a complex of buildings housing the Parliament of New South Wales, a state of Australia. It is located on the east side of Macquarie Street in Sydney, the state capital. The facade consists of a two storey Georgian building, the oldest public building in the City of...

, on Friday, 3 December 2010, with the 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards presented by the Minister for Volunteering, the Hon Peter Primrose and the 2010 NSW Regional Volunteer of the Year Prizes were presented by the Hon Michael Veitch, MLC.
  • 2010 NSW Volunteer of the Year – Graham Symes from Wadalba
  • 2010 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year – Timothy Bayl from Epping
  • 2010 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year – Bill Phippen from Picton
  • 2010 NSW Highly Commended Senior Volunteer of the Year – Christaan Cartledge from Wollongong
  • 2010 NSW Team Volunteer of the Year – Warrawong Community Kitchen Lunch Volunteer Team
  • 2010 NSW Highly Commended Volunteer Team of the Year – 2WAR FM Volunteer Team from Gilgandra
  • 2010 NSW Employee Volunteer of the Year – Rodney Lowe from Yennora and Alcoa Rolled Products