Calling for volunteer award nominations in Western Victoria

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, is urging people to nominate hard-working volunteers in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards.

The prestigious awards will recognise up to 60 volunteers of different ages and cultural backgrounds, in the categories of Leadership, Impact, Service, and Teamwork.

Ms Pulford said the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year will be selected from all award recipients and will receive a $10,000 Government donation to a charity of their choice.

“These awards are just one of the ways that people in Western Victoria can celebrate the selfless work of our volunteering community,” Ms Pulford said.

“Last year’s awards attracted nominations from a range of different sectors, and I look forward to recognising more hard-working volunteers from Western Victoria this year,” she said.

The Government allocated $145,000 in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to strengthen and diversify the volunteering sector by researching new ways to promote and recruit volunteers.

Victoria’s volunteer sector is worth more than $23 billion to the state economy, a figure that is expected to increase to $42 billion by 2021.

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, said the awards ensured hard working volunteers get the recognition they rightly deserve.

“Victorians don’t shy away from lending a hand and giving back to the community, which is why we have more than 1.5 million volunteers across the state,” Ms Mikakos said.

“These awards celebrate the tireless work of our volunteers, and I encourage all Victorians to consider nominating someone they know who is making a real difference in the community,” Ms Mikakos said.

The Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards ceremony will be held in December, to coincide with the International Day of the Volunteer.

Award nominations close on 14 August at 5pm.

To nominate a volunteer or for more information, visit www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards