Volunteers play an extremely important role within, but not limited to, non-profit and charity organisations. Without our volunteers, their dedication and time these organisations, programs and events would not be possible.
After facing Australia’s biggest fires and more recently COVID-19, volunteers have played a crucial role in helping to rebuild and support our communities.
It is extremely important now more than ever that we recognise, celebrate and give thanks to our volunteers. To all volunteers, we thank you. Your contributions never go unnoticed.
Recognising our volunteers
National Volunteer Week was held from 18 May – 24 May. This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week was “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.” We asked the community to participate by thanking volunteers.
We thank the below volunteers who have made a difference throughout our community.
- RiverConnect thanks:
Just over a year ago, a post-Canoeing on the Goulburn chat with Shepparton Canoe Club President Barry Bell led to plans to run a community clean up day on the river. Community members have since helped to remove over 1.5 tonnes of rubbish from the Goulburn River between Shepparton and Mooroopna at "River Clean Ups". Thank you to all residents who joined in. Not only did the Shepparton Canoe Club members jump in the water, they brought along canoes, safety equipment, and experienced instructors, and opened their club facilities for each BBQ lunch. RiverConnect and all our partners would like to thank the Shepparton Canoe Club members for the many hours of volunteer labour they have provided to help make our rivers healthy.
- Greater Shepparton City Council – Visitor Centre thanks:
The Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre volunteer team dedicate more than 5,000 hours of their time each year. They connect visitors and locals with our community, by providing a comprehensive and professional information service in the Visitor Centre, at events, guiding tours and hosting groups and activities. Through their service the volunteers deliver both social and economic benefits to the Greater Shepparton community – stimulating visitor activity and spend, and involvement with community activities, attractions and events. The volunteers give many visitors their first impression of Greater Shepparton, and in so doing set the tone for the rest of the visitor’s stay. The volunteers are proud to provide this service for the community, and deserve to be honoured for their dedication and commitment on behalf of all residents.
- RiverConnect and the Sustainability and Environment Team at Greater Shepparton City Council thanks:
Thanks to members of the Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare Group for their ongoing and tireless support throughout the year. Your assistance with many community events and projects is appreciated immensely, as you bring an added element that no-one else can. Thank you for your support with the One Tree Per Child and National Tree Day tree planting projects, and for sharing your knowledge, expertise and passion with many school students through your support of the RiverConnect Education Program.
- Janet Batten thanks:
A huge thank you to Lieticia Harmer, Alice Tallis, Judy Geddes, Chloe Harmer, Dookie Lions Club, Sammy & Jodie from Finer Fruits Shepparton, Mark & Tanya of GV Meats and Matt Higgins at Higgins Bakery for delivery of vegies, meat and bread to Dookie during the lock-down with COVID-19 on a weekly basis. This initiative now has 76 families supporting this service. A great idea with the sole aim of helping keep our local town free of and reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our Community.
- Dan Walton thanks:
Thank you Rebecca Gould - Unit Controller VICSES Tatura Unit for your years of selfless commitment to our organisation, your members and community. You are an inspiration to all who work with you and we appreciate all you do for those around you.
- Denise Meehan thanks:
Thank you Margaret Webster and Jeanette Berry of Soroptimist International of Shepparton for giving so generously your time in running and organising powerful women events for our community, i.e. International Women’s Day Breakfast with successful inspiring local women speakers, and Pampering Day which is open to all women and girls coming away with positive experiences. Great women, whom prefer to be in the background, silent achievers.
- Captain Karyn Wishart thanks:
I want to thank our amazing team of volunteers at the Shepparton Salvation Army Mooroopna Thrift Shop. This shop would not exist without them. They believe in what they’re doing and work hard to make sure we can leave no one in need. Thank you for your time, dedication and your constant sharing of your gifts for benefit of others.
- RiverConnect thanks:
RiverConnect would like to acknowledge the support of the Goulburn Valley Environment Group, so their dedicated assistance in implementing the TeaComposition H2O Wetland Carbon Storage Project throughout 2017-2019. It was great to be able to join together and participate in a global research project at a local community level, particularly with such committed community members. And we had some fun and a lot of laughs while we were at it!
- Francco Cipriani thanks:
This time in isolation has given me time to reflect on all the inspirational charity work Ben Ladson does in the community. It reminds me of the Salt-N-Pepa song - What a man, what a mighty good man.
- Captain Karyn Wishart thanks:
I want to thank our enthusiastic and dedicated Shepparton Salvation Army Community Meal team for fronting up each Wednesday and preparing the two-course meal for our guests each week. Their warm spirit of welcome makes everyone feel appreciated and at home. Thanks Bill, Roxy, Ellen, Mischelle and Debbie-Anne.
- Uniting Shepparton thanks:
A big thanks to Rodger Ndungidi, Lyn Ingoldsby, Christopher Schubert and Deng Mading Deng for generously donating their experience and time to help the local community. Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and we appreciate you.
- Helen Morritt thanks:
Bev Long from Old Toolamba Meals on Wheels has been doing Meals on Wheels for over 20 years on a roster basis, but when someone is needed at the last minute - Bev is always there and ready to go. Since Bev's husband Phil has retired he has been doing Meals on Wheels too! I'm sure our elderly who receive Meals on Wheels think that people such as Bev and Phil are wonderful!
- Tatura Community House thanks:
A BIG thank you to Bev Roberts, committee member and volunteer extraordinaire at Tatura Community House. Bev takes on many roles including catering, teaching cooking, coordinating the Boomerang Bags program, the annual High Tea and more recently making a big contribution of time and energy to the "Helping Hands" initiative, which is supporting the Tatura community during these uncertain times. Bev has also made a huge contribution to Tatura Netball and the Tatura Golf Club over the years and is a most thoughtful, talented and generous person. Thank you Bev Roberts - you are a legend!
- Shepparton Festival thanks:
Fiona Smolenaars, you are a valued member of the Shepparton Festival board. Being Chair isn't a small role and you take it with both hands, professionally, responsibly and with great leadership. We want to say thank you for volunteering year after year.
- Damien Stevens-Todd thanks:
This week is National Volunteer Week. It is a time to celebrate and reflect on the generous contributions of the many GOULBURN VALLEY PRIDE INC and OUTintheOPEN Festival volunteers who give so much to bring GV Pride to life. Without YOU , GV Pride would not be the dynamic and important force that it is connecting and supporting people in our local community, providing trusted resources and events all year round and celebrating the diversity of the community we live in! So from me, Georgie, and on behalf of the committee and the people who love GV Pride, THANK YOU for all that you give to the organisation! Your contribution to GV Pride really does bring joy to many, changes lives and makes our community a better place to live!
- Margaret Webster thanks:
I want to thank Soroptimist Internation of Shepparton Inc. A wonderful volunteer organization for women who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women and children in our Community. Meals on Wheels Delivery, Food donated to Foodshare, Pamper Days, and events to raise funds to donate to needy causes in our Community, many of which can be viewed on our Facebook Page. Large donations have been given to G.V. Health in recent times, Also supporting education of our young people with Nursing and Teaching Scholarships.
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